By Young-tsu Wong

This booklet is aimed toward readers and researchers who're attracted to chinese language backyard structure, the increase and fall of Yuanming Yuan and the background of the Qing dynasty. it's the first finished learn of the palatial backyard complicated in a Western language, and is abundantly illustrated with photos and unique drawings. Young-tsu Wong’s enticing writing kind brings "the backyard of excellent brightness" to existence as he leads readers on a grand journey of its structure and history.

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There were four other rural scenes. The Bountiful Farms (Duojia Ruyun) was a large rice field with a few small houses. The Orchid Fragrance over the Water (Yingshui Lanxiang) consisted of rice fields, weaving mills, and fishing ponds. The Fish-Leaping and Bird-Flying (Yuyue Yuanfei) contained numerous village huts surrounded by a stream. And the Northernmost Mountain Village (Beiyuan Shancun), originally known as Teaching Farming Gallery (Kenong Xuan), contained rows of small yet elegant chambers and villas on both sides of a narrow river (cf.

Sketch by Joseph C. Wang and Xinbai Yu The hall had seven columns made of solid wood, 129 ft long and 63 ft wide, sitting on a 4-foot-high terrace of round stone pedestals, each 2 feet 9 inches in diameter. Inside, an “antithetical couplet” (duilian) written by Emperor Yongzheng himself was displayed on a pair of scrolls hanging on each side of the hall in symmetrical fashion. The building’s floors were paved with dalishi (slabs of a white marble veined in black) 2 feet square and about 3 inches thick on a brick-lime foundation ascended by three sets of stone steps.

12 Attiret 1982, 16–17. 14 Fanghu Shengjing (Wonderland in the Square Pot). Plan by Joseph C. 15 Yingxun Ting (Welcoming Warm Wind Arbor). Sketch by Joseph C. Wang and Xinbai Yu Surrounding the enclosure were the Flowery Chamber (Qionghua Lou) sandwiched by the Ample Luck Court (Qianxiang Dian) and the Abundant Fortune Pavilion (Wanfu Ge). To the east of the enclosure was the Pistillate Pearl Palace (Ruizhu Gong), and south of the palace was a shipyard and the Temple of the Dragon King (Longwang Miao).

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