Saturday January 31, 2015

2,000 Years of History: Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou

Our first stop was the Humble Administrator's Garden.  This garden was made in the Ming Dynasty by a man who had just retired from a life of politics.  This garden is apparently one of the most famous in China, second only to the Imperial Garden in Beijing.  After the death of this man, his son inherited the garden and shortly gambled it away. The three winners divided the garden into the eastern, central and western portions.  The divisions are made by a pair of corridors which act as walls between the portions.  We started in the eastern portion where the entrance is.  There is a well in this part, and several flower beds and small bamboo-and-thatch structures, which are used for the two annual flower shows held in this garden.  [It] also holds the women's garden, where women would sit, talk, sew and make music, while th men would make various sculptures and paintings for them.  The central part of the garden is home to the various buildings that represent the seasons and are the centerpiece of the various seasonal festivals.  The western piece of the garden is where the Chinese bonsai garden is located.  In this garden is a tower where the family's eldest daughter lived until they were married.  There is also a building where the mistress of the garden would prepare ink and paper, while the master of the garden would use the ink and paper to write poems and paint artwork. I enjoyed our tours very much.  The garden was very beautiful, and the silk factory was educational.  I also enjoyed walking around Suzhou.

-Andrew Buser, Sophomore, Civil Engineering

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