Item description for Ancient Chinese Architecture Series, Private Gardens by Z. Long Liyao Cheng...
The garden as total art work: in contrast to western-inspired garden design with its emphasis on trees and shrubs, lawns and flower-beds, it is the overall topographical effect that is considered paramount in the private garden of China. Artificial hills and carefully laid-out ponds and lakes transform the mostly flat terrain into a magical miniature landscape. It is the sheer subtlety of the layout of these gardens, inspired as they were by Confucianism, landscape painting and poetry, that give the onlooker the impression on occasion that he has before him an intricate water colour. Splendid photographs convey the magic of these gardens, which will be a source of inspiration for every garden lover. The historian, architects and all those interested in China and Chinese culture will, however, also find much that is valuable. Of all the volumes in the series "Ancient Chinese Architecture", "Private Gardens" is the one that will appear to the widest circle of readers, and will thus be an invaluable addition to the gardening section of every well-stocked bookstore.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 15.98" Width: 11.5" Height: 1.26" Weight: 5.69 lbs.
Release Date Aug 10, 1999
ISBN 3211830073 ISBN13 9783211830079
Reviews - What do customers think about Ancient Chinese Architecture Series, Private Gardens?
Chinese Gardens Jan 22, 2002
This book is impressive but in a cold impersonal way - I bought the book as a birthday present for myself given my intense interest in China and in gardening and returned it almost immediately. I realize this review is very vague and I cannot point to any discernable flaws in the book (other than its binding, which was cracking even as I removed it from the shrink wrap and opened it for the first time) it just left me very disatisfied.