Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Suzhou gardens

Dating back to 6 hundred BC the city of Suzhou flourished with commercial activity and a number of merchants and scholars that resided in the city. Today Suzhou is considered to be the garden city of China because of the many beautiful gardens that at one time were developed for the enjoyment of its private owners. The experience of walking through these home gardens is emblematic of the pensive and beautiful nature of the Chinese culture.
A characteristic of the gardens is the combination of vegetation with promenades and water. Streams of water are crossed over via stupendously decorated pedestrian bridges made out of stone. And linear paths are broken by inviting diversions that challenge the mind to slow the passage of time.
The course of promenades are briefly narrowed by garden portals of many shapes, forms and sizes.

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