Visit this classically elegant Chinese garden and depart from reality for a moment. Transport yourself back hundreds of years and imagine what life was like for an ancient Chinese sanding in a garden just like this one. Better yet, use the tranquility to sit back and catch up on some reading and admire the bamboo.
Geyuan (个园) is a classical garden of the south Yellow River area, which is well-retained and of a high artistic value, with a history of over 180 years. It was initially built as a private garden by Huang Zhijun, a salt merchant, in the 23rd year (1818) of Emperor Jiaqing's reign of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It was listed as a key cultural relic unit under China's state protection in 1988.
Ge (/ger/: the Chinese character 个, literally meaning 'one') is not only the left radical of zhu (/joo/: 竹 'bamboo'), but also the right part as well: 'bamboo' is two 'ge's. So, as lots of bamboo (竹) is planted in a garden, the garden is called Geyuan (/ger-ywen/ 个园 'ge garden').
Ge Garden is characterized by a bamboo forest and rockeries. Three rockeries are well arranged in the garden, which have various appearances in different seasons.
Perched in the north-west of the garden, the Lake Stone Rockery is piled with dainty and exquisite lake stones with a little pond at the front, a cave at its foot, and a bridge crossing over the pond. The rockery is a marvelous creation excelling nature, and you can ascend the steps of the cave to reach the top of the rockery. On the top of the rockery stands a pavilion, with steps connecting to the Sand Stone Rockery.
In the north-east of the garden stands the Sand Stone (Huangshi) Rockery that rises sheer from the ground with a square pavilion on the top, setting off the ancient cypress trees, whose steps either side lead you to the cave (in the heart of the rockery) or to the top of the rockery. In the cave are stone rooms, stone stools, stone tables and even stone bridges, seeming almost like an immortal's abode.
In the south of the garden sits the Quartz Rockery, which shines brightly as the sun shines upon it, and it seems as if the part that the sun can't shine upon is covered with snow that has not completely melted.
Walking into the garden, you can also see the 12 Chinese zodiac sign stones heralding spring and the peonies dotted in the flower beds, adding luster to the garden.
Daming Buddhist Temple is a beautiful and important cultural site boasting artistic gardens and architecture dating from the Southern Dynasty (457-464).
He Garden has also won multiple national/international recognitions, both for its excellently preserved cultural architecture and natural beauty.
Slender West Lake (Shòu Xīhú 瘦西湖): The national park of Yangzhou is centred around the scenic Slender West Lake. The area is abundant in weeping willows and historic pagodas making it an ideal place to slowly unwind after a day of travel. Located on Dahongqiao Road, Hanjiang District, Yangzhou. Admission Fee: CNY 150 (Mar. 1 - Nov. 30); CNY 120 (Dec. 1 - Feb. 28/29).
Our 5-Day Suzhou, Nanjing, and Wuxi tour includes scenic touring along the waterways of Suzhou, Nanjing and Wuxi. This package includes access to renowned heritage sites and could be tailored to include visits to the beautiful Yangzhou gardens, historic city and religious temples at your discretion.
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