Harmonious Garden Eight Interests

Harmonious GardenGarden of Harmonious Interest has eight following “interests”:

1) Interest of the Four Different Seasons.

In spring, water in the pond is as smooth as a mirror with weeping willows wavering in the breeze. In summer, lotuses are in blossom with the flowers sending out a fragrant smell. In autumn, water pavilions and green weeping willows are reflected in the pond. In winter, when snow falls, all the buildings, corridors, water Pavilions and weeping willows are heavily covered with snow.

2)Interest of Water

Water for the pond comes from the Rear Lake of the Summer Palace through the bamboo groves. Here there is a “Jade Violin Gorge” which was a copy of the “Eight-Sound Brook” in Jichang Garden in Wuxi.

3) Interest of Bridge

In the garden, there are eight small bridges with different styles. The longest bridge is about 10 metres and shortest being less than 2metres. The most interesting of all is the bridge known as “Know-the-Fish-Bridge. It is said that more than 2500 years ago during the War-ring States Period, two philosophers named Zhuang Zi and Hui Zi had an interesting argument by the side of a pond.

Zhuang said: “Fish swim to and fro in the water. What happy fish!”
Hui asked: “You are not a fish, how do you know they are happy?”

Zhuang replied: “You are not me, how do you know I don’t know?” Hui sighed: “I am not you, therefore, I don’t know you. You are not fish, you don’t know that fish are happy.

Zhuang said: “You ask me how I know fish are happy. So long as you know that I understand fish are happy, why should you ask me time and again?”

4) Interest of “Calligraphy”

In the garden there are lots of stone engravings, couplets and poems. Some of them were written by Emperor Qianlong. People who show great interest in them come here to study the engravings.

5) Interest of Pavilions

At northwest corner of the garden, looking eastward from outside of the garden, visitors can view a structure with a plaque hanging from it, reading Shu Xin Lou (Fresh View Tower). But the structure is merely an ordinary house with three-room units. It is not a building.
People would ask why an ordinary house like this was named Fresh View Tower. When visitors step into the garden, looking east ward while standing on the bank of the pond, Shu Xin Lou is not an ordinary house. It looks like a delicate and exquisite two-storied building. This was created by gardening craftsmen using topographical advantages and landforms.

6) Interest of Painting

Within the garden there are hundreds of paintings on the buildings. Some of them are flowers and scenery. Others are paintings based on the figures and historical stories. Flanking the main gate of the garden there is scenery of Guilin in the south; in the north there are a giant panda and a baby.

7)Interest of Corridor

Around the pond there are structures such as pavilions for Perceiving the Spring, House of Clear Sky, House of Clear Water and Cool Breeze which are connected by winding corridors. Visitors can enjoy Chinese ancient buildings with unique styles.

8)Interest of Imitation

Jichang Garden (Garden of Ease of Mind) used to be the famous private garden of South China, and the Garden of Harmonious Interest was the imperial garden in the ancient Capital City. New creation was made in imitation and new creation didn’t betray the original designs. The Garden of Harmonious Interest originated from Jichang Garden in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, but has exceeded it.

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