Hidden in a bustling city, a miniature landscape has been created to mirror the harmony between man and nature. Inspired by classic paintings and architectural designs, a series of carefully composed scenes unfold like a Chinese landscape scroll painting.
The Chinese garden has evolved over three thousand years, tracing back to the Shang Dynasty (1600–1046 BC). Ancient legends about the Island of Eight Immortals and the Lake of Orchids are the original inspirations for traditional Chinese garden designs.
The renowned Tang dynasty poet and painter Wang Wei (701–761) created twenty miniature gardens in Wangchuan valley, and dedicated a beautiful poem and painting for each garden.
One of China’s four great classical novels, “Dream of the Red Chamber” by Cao Xueqin (1715 – 1763), evolved around the picturesque Grand View Garden, which provided a beautiful and romantic backdrop for the literary masterpiece.
Taoism influences could be found in Chinese gardens with the emphasis on contemplation and enlightenment – the winding paths and zig-zag bridges encode the Chinese proverb: “By detours, access to secrets”.
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