Garden of Pleasure

Garden of Pleasure is a representative and complete south-eastern gentry's private garden. It was built during the reign of Emperor Tongzhi and Guangxu in Qing dynasty (1862-1908 A.D.); and formerly it was Gu Wenbin's private garden comprising of garden, residence, artificial villages and ancestral halls.

Garden of Pleasure Suzhou

The Garden of Pleasure is the most recently built of Suzhou gardens. It absorbs all strong points of other Suzhou gardens, representing the very best of garden arts. Its twisting and winding corridors are adapted from the layout of the Surging Waves Pavilion. Its rockeries refer to the layout of the Mountain Villa with Embracing Beauty. Its cavities add pools' art quite deep. Its lotus ponds are similar to those in the Master-of-Nets Garden clear and bright. Its marble boat copies the boat-like structure named Fragrant Isle of the Humble Administrator's Garden - exquisite and special. Thus its particular style is based on adaption of the best of other gardens.

Garden of Pleasure Scenery Suzhou

In the arts of garden creation the Garden of Pleasance absorbs many good aspects of the Song (960-1279), Yuan (1206-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties. Due to its small area, the garden's layout makes use of the methods of space division, opposite scenery, view borrowing, etc. Rockeries, winding bridges and buildings are put together; forming numerous three-dimensional outlines, making the garden's views appear deep, twisting and without end. The results of small appearing big, few appearing many, and limited space yielding rich views are thus created. Rocks and stones have been collected from many places; some are placed in courtyards, some next to trees, with different and particular shapes. They can be enjoyed both raised vertically and laid horizontally, giving the feeling of being amongst hills and pools, as if visiting a famous mountain. 

Garden of Pleasure Suzhou China


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