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Chinese Scholar’s Garden

The tradition of Chinese scholars building gardens dates back to the Tang Dynasty in the 7th century. For them, gardens were havens for relaxation, meditation and the cultivation of the spirit. There they composed their poems, played their lutes and chanted their verses.

 

The Chinese garden portrays a miniature of the cosmos. In it there are "mountains" and "hills", "rivers" and "lakes", "cliffs" and "chasms", following the Taoist tradition.

 

Zigzag bridges, winding paths, abrupt turnings, and lattice windows provoke a sense of mystery and suspense, drawing you and your curiosity ever forward. Watch out for contrasts: light and shade, shadows and reflections, sounds and scents, heights and depths, mountains and waters, yin and yang. The Chinese garden is not a place for the display of flowers, but is rather a tapestry of convoluted trees, rugged rocks, grottos, waters, bridges, courtyards, gateways, windows, walls and pavilions.

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Taken on February 12, 2020