Ancient Chinese Gardens
Enter an ancient Chinese garden, tucked away and serene. Nestled within its walls you find an idyllic space, an escape from daily troubles. You are surrounded by the beauty of richly ornamented buildings, exquisite flowers, and rare trees. You find yourself at peace with nature, and it is no coincidence that the garden is arranged according to the ancient theory that people and the natural world must be in harmony. The garden’s different elements and geometric shapes—running water, plant life, pavilions, stone bridges, poems engraved in stone—are perfectly positioned in deeply layered fashion, their placement containing profound meaning. Here, one can get lost in thought. Here, time slows down. Why would you ever want to leave?
May 14, 2011