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Lingering Garden

Listed under Gardens in Suzhou, China.

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Over 400 years of additions and alterations in the hands of multiple owners and landscapers has left the Lingering Gardens with buildings, halls and statues in a variety of styles, shapes and colours, but somehow the overall effect is still one of elegance. Originally a classical garden built by a retired Ming dynasty official in 1593 each successive owner put their stamp to it trying to perfect it.

One of the most obvious stamps is that of one of the earlier owners who was a fan of calligraphy and had graceful inscriptions carved into many of the buildings and added usual shaped carved stonework to the garden.

Like many classical Chinese gardens the intention here was to recreate traditional scenes and landscapes in a condensed space, this required clever use of water features, miniature forests, pavilions and in this case a 6.5 metre high man made snow capped peak, hiding and revealing the appropriate views.

Especially impressive in Autumn.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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