This Day, That Year
ItemfromDec14,1984,in ChinaDaily:AChinesegardeninLiverpool,England, haswontheGoldMedalat Liverpool’sInternational GardenFestivalthisyear.
ItwasdesignedbyLi Zhimin,anarchitectwith Beijing’sGardenBuilding Co....
Traditional Chinese gardens strive to achieve the harmony between man and nature. And in places such as Suzhou, Jiangsu province, best known for its historic gardens, the design and layout are influenced by space constraints.
Unlike gardens that make ready use of all the breathtaking beauty and magnitude of Mother Nature, gardens in Southern China are small in size.
Miniature wooden pagodas, stone bridges and arched doors are carefully placed on mountains and over lakes, often man-made, or half-hidden by clusters of bamboo.
Right proportion is the key as the different elements within the same space speak to one another in gentle, polite voices.
Nature in this case is painstakingly groomed and deliberately pruned to represent the aesthetic ideal enshrined by ancient China’s elite.
For today’s Chinese, the gardens from the past existed more like pieces of memorabilia — a window onto the bygone days through which people might be interested in taking a look.