Like a Literati: How to Enjoy Suzhou's Gardens

By That's Suzhou, November 11, 2020

0 0

The historic city of Suzhou in Jiangsu province is famed for the classical garden residences built centuries ago so that scholar-officials, or literati, could enjoy nature without leaving home.

According to Dr Yiping Dong of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University’s Department of Architecture and Design, the gardens imitate classic Chinese landscape paintings: rocks represent mountains; ponds represent lakes. XJTLU researchers share tips to appreciate Suzhou’s gardens like the literati did hundreds of years ago. 

13.jpg

Stop and Smell the Flowers

“The Distant Fragrance Hall of the Humble Administrator’s Garden concentrates the fragrance of the lotus flowers that grow in the summer in the pond in front of the hall.” - Dr. Dong

15_original.jpg

Get a New Perspective 

“Door frames bring garden scenery to your eyes, and every window provides unique views. A pagoda that seems part of the garden’s scenery may actually be outside the garden, which makes the garden appear larger than it is.” - Dr. Dong

112.jpg

Step Into a Traditional Chinese Landscape Painting

“Outside a building, you may find special steps made from lake rock. When you stand on the steps, you can imagine you are on a mountain looking out at the water and mountain scenery.” - Dr Dong

4.jpg

Enjoy Gardens in Different Seasons 

“Every season provides a different experience. In the spring, you can see blossoms; in the summer, lotus flowers; in the autumn, colorful leaves; in the winter, you might see a little snow.” - Yaqin Zuo, PhD student, XJTLU Department of Architecture and Design

ps-21.jpg

Go With the Flow 

“The gardens’ design represents a concept in Chinese philosophy that everything in the universe is constantly in movement – the design leads you from view to view. A veranda opens to a full view of a pond, then a pavilion on the other side attracts you to visit it. From the pavilion you see a bridge that leads you to scenery on the other side.” - Yaqin Zuo

14.jpg


To learn more about XJTLU, scan the QR code below or visit www.xjtlu.edu.cn

QR-code.png

more news

Town Crier! New metro connecting Shanghai with Suzhou

Shanghai ren rejoice! New metro links mean faster journeys to Suzhou and Kunshan

Best selling author Horatio Clare on modern seafaring, his Shanghai connection and the Suzhou Bookworm Festival

After putting a human face on the incredible journey that migrating barn swallows make from their wintering grounds in South Africa to their British breeding sites, Horatio Clare celebrates modern seafaring life in his latest best-seller 'Down to the Sea in Ships.'

Soundbite: Fat Mamma Pop-Up Pizza and Beer Garden Now Open - Happy Hour All Weekend!

Fat Mamma Pizza and Beer Garden is now open! Special happy hour deal for Mid-Autumn festival weekend

New cafe: Jade Garden

Branch of Michelin-starred restaurant makes its dim sum debut.

New restaurant: Cha Ma Garden

Presided over by the restaurant group behind high-end Shanghainese chain Yuan Yuan, the management has brought in chefs from Yunnan in an admirable bid to hit every region in the province. This makes it very possible to get lost in a tome of a menu – nearly 100 pages of dishes that channel both street food and haute eating cultures.

Suzhou cops mistake female motorist in facial mask for scary ghost

Traffic police in Suzhou, Jiangsu province were reportedly 'terrified' when they saw what they thought was a scary ghost driving a car.

A Fun-Filled Family Weekend at Sound of Spring 2021

Thanks to everyone who made it such a great event!

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at Thats_Shanghai for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Shanghai With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Shanghai!

Visit the archives