Suzhou gardens are “literati freehand landscape gardens” with profound cultural connotations. The ancient garden builders had a high level of cultural accomplishment, and were able to paint well in poetry.
When garden was built, they were mostly painting-oriented, with poetry as the theme. They created a poetic and picturesque landscape by digging pools, building mountains, planting flowers and trees. It is called “silent poetry, three-dimensional painting”.
Traveling in the garden is like tasting poems and enjoying paintings. In order to express the owner’s taste, ideals, and pursuits, the garden architecture and landscape have poem inscriptions such as plaques and couplets. Some use the quiet lotus fragrance to describe their character (“Yuanxiangtang” in Humble Administrator’s Garden). The elegant vanilla is used as a self-evident temperament (“Xiangzhou” in the Humble Administrator’s Garden), there are those who admire the ancients like a boat and drift freely and contentedly (Yiyuan, “Paradise House”), and those who express the garden owner’s admiration for the tranquil life in the Four Gardens (The “True Meaning” of the Master of the Nets Garden, the “Little Taoyuan” of the Lingering Garden) and so on. These calligraphic inscriptions and the buildings, landscapes, flowers and trees in the garden are naturally and harmoniously blended together, so that the mountains, rivers, plants and trees in the garden can produce a profound artistic conception. Get the cultivation of the soul and the enjoyment of beauty.
Although the gardens in Suzhou are small, ancient gardeners used various artistic techniques to create rich and diverse scenery. Walking in the garden, you may see “the courtyard is deep and deep”, or “willow dark flowers and bright another village”, or See small bridges and flowing water, whitewashed walls and black tiles, or serene winding paths, winding peaks, or changing sceneries and endless changes. As for the flower windows with different forms and exquisite patterns, those paving roads that are endlessly stretched like brocades, and the sketches that seem to be scattered in various corners inadvertently, it is even more inexhaustible and endless.
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