By Young-tsu Wong
This booklet is geared toward readers and researchers who're attracted to chinese language backyard structure, the increase and fall of Yuanming Yuan and the heritage of the Qing dynasty. it's the first entire research of the palatial backyard complicated in a Western language, and is abundantly illustrated with pictures and unique drawings. Young-tsu Wong’s attractive writing sort brings "the backyard of excellent brightness" to lifestyles as he leads readers on a grand journey of its structure and history.
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Centered in front of the Grand Palace Gate was a ﬁve-column-wide section of rooms used as ofﬁce space for representatives from virtually all major government agencies, including the Grand Secretariat (Nei Ge), the six boards, Hanlin Academy, and the Bureau of the Clansmen (Zongren Fu). Beyond the main gate was the Inner Palace Gate, or the Gentlemen’s Entrance (Churu Xianliang Men), guarded by a pair of gilt dragons across an arch bridge over a moat. On both sides of the entrance there were rooms for visitors to wait.
Eitel, Feng-shui: the Science of Sacred Landscape in Old China. 3 A Great Synthesis of the Garden Arts 19 area, however, there are dozens of mountain chains and streams, generally known as the Western Mountains (Xi Shan). Slightly north of the Western Mountains stand the Jade Spring Hills (Yuquan Shan), where the Yuanming Yuan drew their fresh water. Also nearby is the Fragrant Hill (Xiang Shan). Its ridges were described by Ming scholars as the “skins of an Azure Dragon” (qinglongpi) (Liu and Yu 1980, 296; cf.
The row of three courts laid on the central axis with the Grand Palace Gate. On the east side of these courts stood Family of Spring Between Heaven and Earth (Tiandi Yijiachun) and the Benevolence Receiving Hall (Cheng’en Tang). The latter hall housed apartments for imperial ladies to live. On the west side of these three courts was the eminent Clear Sunshine Belvedere (Qinghui Ge) in which, on its northern wall, the map of the Yuanming Yuan was hung between 1737 and 1860. Sandwiched between two small lakes, the emperor’s own bedroom was also located in this vast compound, which Qianlong designated as the Nine Continents in Peace (Jiuzhou Qingyan) (Yu 1985, 2:1331–1332; Wang 1992, 21).
A Paradise Lost: The Imperial Garden Yuanming Yuan by Young-tsu Wong