A Paradise Lost: The Imperial Garden Yuanming Yuan (China Academic Library)

This ebook is aimed 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 accomplished learn of the palatial backyard complicated in a Western language, and is abundantly illustrated with photos and unique drawings. Young-tsu Wong s attractive writing kind 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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Attiret additionally had the privilege to monitor this actual competition with the emperor at the scene. He famous that various boats at the lake, both gilt or varnished, served di¤erent reasons: “sometimes, for taking the air; occasionally, for fishing; and infrequently, for jousts, and combats, and different diversions” (Attiret 1982, 20–21). in the summertime of 1860, the Xianfeng emperor had the excitement of sailing |  determine 25. Pengdao Yaotai (Immortal dwelling house at the Fairy Terrace) as depicted within the 40 perspectives by way of the eighteenthcentury court docket artist Shen Yun.  | structure at the lake for the final time. basically 4 months later, the overseas invasion destroyed the backyard (Yuanming cangsang 1991, 11). the main awesome constitution surrounding the ocean of Blessing was once the so-called A Wonderland within the sq. Pot (Fanghu Shengjing), which the Qianlong emperor accomplished in 1740. positioned on the northeast nook of the lake, with the Welcoming hot Wind Arbor (Yingxun Ting) in entrance, was once Wonderland’s critical constitution, a couple of chambers with gold glazed tiles. The Fine-Brocaded Chamber (Jinqi Lou) to the east and the fairway Pyroxene Chamber (Feicui Lou) to the west stretched ahead like hands. at the back of the 2 chambers rose a wide enclosure surrounded via adorned gates and courtyards replete with pines, magnolias, universal bushes, and incense embellishes. within the entrance part of the enclosure, a colourful courtroom was once sandwiched by means of the red Cloud Chamber (Zixia Lou) to the east and the Blue Cloud Chamber (Biyun Lou) to the west. Surrounding the enclosure have been the flamboyant Chamber (Qionghua Lou) sandwiched by way of the abundant success court docket (Qianxiang Dian) and the plentiful Fortune Pavilion (Wanfu Ge). To the east of the enclosure used to be the Pistillate Pearl Palace (Ruizhu Gong), and south of the palace was once a shipyard and the Temple of the Dragon King (Longwang Miao). The pillars and beams of the varied constructions within the Wonderland have been painted in deep crimson with embellishes in eco-friendly, white, and blue, which sharply exotic the white marble from the blue water. at the west facet of the Wonderland was once a scene borrowed from the West Lake of Hangzhou referred to as the 3 swimming pools Reflecting the Moon (Santan Yinyue), which yielded the influence of 3 moons at the water floor. the general layout of this surroundings determine 26. Fanghu Shengjing (Wonderland within the sq. Pot). Plan by means of Joseph C. Wang and Xingbai Yue. Disposition |  determine 27. Yingxun Ting (Welcoming Warm-wind Arbor) in entrance of the primary constitution of Fanghu Shengjing. caricature via Joseph C. Wang and Xingbai Yue. in actual fact bore the weather of Daoist secret. actually, as Qianlong’s personal assertion indicates, the purpose was once to create a fairyland in the world in order that finding a paradise in another country, as Qin Shi Huangdi had attempted in useless to do, was once completely pointless (Yu Mingzhong 1985, 3:1368–69; cf. YMYJ 1983, 2:50). To the west of the Wonderland laid the Calm Lake lower than Autumn Moon (Pinghu Qiuyue), yet another copy from the West Lake of Hangzhou. Qianlong, who created the copy, loved the intense and golden reflections at the lake on a transparent mid-August fullmoon evening.

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