The Blue Iris Stone at the Summer Palace

This stone was popularly known as the "Stone of the Wastrel". According to historical records, an official of the Ming Dynasty by the name of Mi Wanzhong founded this large, dark and sleek stone, shaped like a fungus at Fangshan in the southwest of Beijing. While having the stone moved to his home at Shaoyuan, he fell into financial difficulties adn had to abandon it. Years later, Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty had it moved to this place at much expense and named
it "Blue Iris Stone." This is the large stone decoration in any Chinese garden.
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