In response to Tina’s prompt for the Lens-Artists Challenge number 44 – harmony
Chinese gardens have been evolving over the last 3000 years and have been built by emperors and other nobility to give pleasure or impress or by scholars as areas to reflect and escape the outside world. They are an idealised landscape designed to show harmony between man and nature.
The common elements of a Chinese garden include water, buildings, rocks and vegetation.
Even the paving is designed to delight.
Typically the garden is enclosed behind walls and will include one or more ponds, strategically placed rocks, zig zagging paths, trees and flowers and a number of buildings and pavillions that are connected via the paths and bridges.
The garden is designed to be looked at from within these rooms giving the viewer a different carefully landscaped view from each window and door.
This garden called “The Garden of Harmony” or Yuyuan in Chinese was built in the Qing Dynasty by an official Gu Wenbin and is found in Suzhou. It was started in 1874 and has gradually evolved from that time.
A wonderful, calming place to wander and view the harmony between man and nature.