Grand View Garden
Beijing Grand View Garden is a unique antique garden specially built for the shooting of the TV series "A Dream of Red Mansions". It covers a total area of 12.5 hectares and has a construction area of more than 8,000 square meters, and it opens up to 24,000 square meters of water. The whole garden has over 40 attractions in total, including five courtyard resorts, three natural scenic spots, one temple site, and one palace attraction.
Temple Fairs of Grand View Garden
Temple fairs are held in Grand View Garden every year in the Spring Festival, between the first and the sixth days of the lunar calendar. Activities include: art performances, various folk activities such as stilts performances, land boating, yangko and lion dances; there are also all kinds of snacks available.
Among them, the ancient costume parade of "Concubine Yuan visiting her parents and relatives" is a traditional activity and a unique representation of the cultural temple fairs of Grand View Garden. About 100 people wear gorgeous costumes. They form an ancient "guard of honor" to accompany and escort Concubine Yuan, which reproduces the grand occasion when Concubine Yuan returned to Grand View Garden from the palace to visit her parents and relatives.
Concubine Yuan, a character of 'A Dream of Red Mansions', married the emperor and was crowned as the highest-ranking imperial concubine. Grand View Garden in 'A Dream of Red Mansions' was built for her to visit her parents and relatives.
In addition, on every August 15th of the Chinese lunar calendar, the "Night of the Mid-Autumn Festival of Beijing Grand View Garden" is held. The activities mainly consist of art performances, moon watching, get-togethers, and admiring the night scenery. It lasts for three to four days every year.
The scenery in Grand View Garden is very similar to that of the Summer Palace: both of them consist of some pavilions, towers, temples and lakes. However, Grand View Garden is much smaller than the Summer Palace. If you have already been to the Summer Palace and are not very familiar with 'A Dream of Red Mansions', there will be no need for you to visit Grand View Garden.
To visit Grand View Garden, a tour guide is of great importance. This is because all of the attractions there have been built based on the Grand View Garden in 'A Dream of Red Mansions'. If you lack the background knowledge, you will fail to grasp its essence.
Dream of Red Mansions
Dream of Red Mansions, written by Cao Xueqin in the 18th century, is rated the best novel of the Qing dynasty. The novel tells a tragic love-story in a noble family and is called by Westerners as the Romeo and Juliet of China. The hero - Jia Baoyu is an amorous and sentimental son of a noble official. The novel describes the rise and decline of Jia Family. In an imaginative and humorous style, the author has portrayed more than 400 dramatis personae with distinctive traits, representing the daily life of a distinguished Manchu family.
I updated this article on January 10, 2014
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