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The Chinese Garden

Author : Maggie Keswick
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Dense with winding paths, dominated by huge rock piles and buildings squeezed into small spaces, the characteristic Chinese garden is, for many foreigners, so unlike anything else as to be incomprehensible. Only on closer acquaintance does it offer up its mysteries; and such is the achievement of Maggie Keswick's celebrated classic that it affords us--adventurers, armchair travelers, and garden buffs alike--the intimate pleasures of the Chinese garden. In these richly illustrated pages, Chinese gardens unfold as cosmic diagrams, revealing a profound and ancient view of the world and of humanity's place in it. First sensuous impressions give way to more cerebral delights, and forms conjure unending, increasingly esoteric and mystical layers of meaning for the initiate. Keswick conducts us through the art and architecture, the principles and techniques of Chinese gardens, showing us their long history as the background for a civilization--the settings for China's great poets and painters, the scenes of ribald parties and peaceful contemplation, political intrigues and family festivals. Updated and expanded in this third edition, with an introduction by Alison Hardie, many new illustrations, and an updated list of gardens in China accessible to visitors, Keswick's engaging work remains unparalleled as an introduction to the Chinese garden.

The Chinese Garden

Author : Joseph C. Wang
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Urban refuge and large-scale work of art, the Chinese garden is both a setting for the good life and a medium for its creators artistic expression. As a place for relaxation, the garden brings elements of nature into the home's extended `living-room'. As a vehicle for personal expression, itrelies on a sophisticated language of design and literary allusion to provide the visitor with a complete cultural and sensory experience.The Chinese Garden draws on a wide range of literary and artistic sources to present the fundamentals of Chinese garden design. Illustrated with photographs showing detailed views of sites in Suzhou and Yangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing, it explains the aesthetic principles and practical concerns ofthe designer. The `reading' of a Chinese garden that it offers is enriched by a greater understanding of the literary and artistic conventions involved in the gardens construction.Whether built for imperial use or for the enjoyment of a private scholar and his family, the garden is a centrepiece of classical Chinese culture. First-time visitors and long-time devotees will all find this introduction a useful companion as they experience the joys of the Chinese garden.

The Chinese Garden

Author : Rosemary Manning
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At the Bampford School for Girls, conditions are Spartan, discipline is fierce, and love between students is the ultimate crime. Here, 16-year-old Rachel becomes trapped in a tangle of passions she does not fully understand, caught between a formidable headmistress and a passionate and defiant classmate.

The Chinese Garden in Good Taste

Author : Bianca Maria Rinaldi
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During the eighteenth century, Europe saw a radical change in taste in the art of the garden that led to the development and spread over the continent of gardens inspired by an artistic naturalness. A contribution to this process was also given by the Society of Jesus, whose members were the first who revealed to Europe the natural forms of the gardens of China. The book explores the Jesuits' discovery of that world, and documents and analyzes the materials both on Chinese flora and art of garden they made available during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Providing a picture of the information concerning Chinese plants and gardens transmitted by Jesuits and evaluating the ways in which the gradual deepening of the Jesuits' investigation reflected changes in botanical studies and in gardening taste in European culture of the period as well, the book focuses on European intellectual and social history of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as well as on the cultural landscape.

The Chinese Garden

Author : Bianca Maria Rinaldi
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With their centuries-long development, the English landscape garden, the formal French garden, as well Japanese and Chinese gardens constitute an unparalleled repository of design solutions familiar throughout the world. They are frequently drawn upon as reference works, but often in a piecemeal and haphazard fashion and from botanical or art-historical vantage points. That is where the books of this new series come in. They present the various garden types from the perspective of contemporary landscape and garden design. Starting from the formidable beauty of the world’s most distinguished gardens, they point the way toward the essential compositional principles, the plants most commonly utilized and their most characteristic uses, and the possibilities for employing them in contemporary projects, thus providing readers with a rich source of inspiration for their own designs and creations. The panorama of "The Chinese Garden" stretches from the surviving historical gardens all the way to such modern examples as the garden at the Bank of China in Hong Kong (designed by I. M. Pei), Ai Weiwei’s Yiwu Riverbank Park, the Garden of Flowering Fragrance in the Los Angeles, California, region and the Garden of Awakening Orchids in Portland, Oregon.

The Dumbarton Oaks Anthology of Chinese Garden Literature

Author : Duncan M. Campbell
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The Dumbarton Oaks Anthology of Chinese Garden Literature is the first comprehensive collection in English of over two millennia of Chinese writing about gardens and landscape. Featuring new and previously published translations, this anthology includes a glossary of translated names, Chinese names, and binomials.

A Chinese Garden Court

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The Chinese Garden

Author : Charles Jencks
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In the Chinese Garden

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Chinese Houses and Gardens

Author : Henry Inn
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In 1936, Henry Inn of Honolulu - a connoisseur of Chinese art - made his tenth extensive tour of China to study the designs of houses and gardens. Travelling from Canton to Beijing and from Shanghai to Hangchow, he visited homes of culture and refinement built according to the traditional Chinese principles of architecture, interior decoration and landscape gardening developed over many centuries, sketching and photographing characteristic details. These illustrations form the core of this volume, supplemented with chapters by distinguished Chinese specialists on houses, gardens, architecture and the Chinese love of home and symbolism. The result is a unique work that gives readers a sense of the subtly symbolic and decorative art that is a vital part of the cultural inheritance of the Chinese people, and presents an informal and intimate picture of Chinese living. Beautifully pictured and described are tall temple doorways of lacquered teak, graceful pavilions with glazed tile roofs and enclosed gardens which beckon to the wanderer through moon gates. Soon after the volume was prepared, the events of World War II irreparably injured or completely destroyed the houses and gardens that Inn recorded, and later events transformed the way of life described by his collaborators. The value of Chinese Houses and Gardens is twofold. It is an important record of architecture, gardens and lifestyles which are gone forever though their legacy survives, and through it the reader can see and understand the relationship between house and garden in China which for over two hundred years has profoundly influenced home and garden planning in the West.

Chinese Garden of Friendship Darling Harbour Sydney Australia Pruning Guide by Ken Lamb

Author : Ken Lamb
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The Chinese Garden of Friendship Pruning Guide by Ken Lamb is more than just a book about pruning. It investigates and reveals the why, how and when to prune and in what style in relation to the larger garden in the context of the meaning and philosophy of Chinese gardens. As one journeys into the Chinese Garden of Friendship the changing scenic treatment determines the form of trees, beginning in formal courtyards and rising up to the wild mountain style of the Gurr. Pruning in scale and hiding and revealing views is influenced by the Feng Shui to ensure the energy flow, or Qi, is preserved. With 117 pages of clear photos, drawings and text is is easy to read and understand for all gardeners and those who are interested in gardens. With examples of Chinese gardens from China, Hong Kong, Australia and the USA, this is a significant book of 148 pages for horticulturalists, garden managers, designers, penjing enthusiasts and people who love trees and gardens.

The Great Gardens of China

Author : Xiaofeng Fang
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In a lavish volume with 300 color photos, the author explains the main principles underlying Chinese garden design and showcases 16 important Chinese gardens, including those of the Summer Palace, the Humble Administrator's Garden and many more.

The Chinese Garden

Author : Lei Yuan
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On Chinese Gardens

Author : Congzhou Chen
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Five connected essays discuss the essentials of traditional Chinese garden design, the restoration of historic gardens and landscapes, and the connections between the artistry of Chinese gardens and painting, poetry, philosophy, and history.

The Art of the Chinese Gardens

Author : Jun Wen
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The Chinese Garden As Lyric Enclave

Author : Chi Xiao
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Ideas of Chinese Gardens

Author : Bianca Maria Rinaldi
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An annotated collection of essential texts written by European observers from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries, Ideas of Chinese Gardens chronicles the evolution of Western perceptions of gardens of China, from curiosity to admiration and ultimately to rejection, echoing the changes in European attitudes toward China.

The Art of Chinese Gardens

Author : Wah Nan Chung
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Fruitful Sites

Author : Craig Clunas
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Gardens are sites that can be at one and the same time admired works of art and valuable pieces of real estate. As the first account in English to be wholly based on contemporary Chinese sources, this beautifully illustrated book grounds the practices of garden-making in Ming Dynasty China (1369–1644) firmly in the social and cultural history of the day. Who owned gardens? Who visited them? How were they represented in words, in paintings and in visual culture generally, and what meanings did these representations hold at different levels of Chinese society? Drawing on a wide range of recent work in cultural theory, Craig Clunas provides for the first time a historical and materialist account of Chinese garden culture, and replaces broad generalizations and orientalist fantasy with a convincing picture of the garden's role in social life.

Love in Red China s Garden

Author : Adrian Webber
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Adrian Webber is about to give up a respectable career in hospital management to follow his dream of becoming a garden designer at the prestigious botanical gardens in Beijing. As the first Westerner to do so, Adrian will be sailing into uncharted waters, but he cannot yet predict how this decision will change his entire future.Follow Adrian as he gets to grips with the Chinese way of life in this insightful, moving and often amusing memoir that charts the mishaps and cultural misunderstandings that threaten to overwhelm the foreigner in a strange land. Journey with him as he explores his new home, and prepare to be gripped by a love story that blossoms in the face of adversity. When Adrian falls hopelessly in love with a beautiful Chinese girl, he must do what he can to win her, despite the fact that they come from two vastly different worlds. Soon he must face her family in Tibet - as without their permission the couple cannot marry - but the road to happiness is unlikely to be easy as Wu Shu's mother has already branded Adrian a spy...