Bonsai in Asia Guide Book
Suzhou - City of Gardens
links and experiences around the Suzhou area
Suzhou city enjoys great reputation of long standing for its gardens, temples and historical sites, which have formed a solid foundation for tourism, Suzhou has been on the list of "Top Ten Scenic Wonders" in China. The natural scenery of hills and waters in Suzhou is as charming as a delicate beauty. Suzhou is an ancient and beautiful water-front city, is sometimes known as "Oriental Venice" of the whole area, 10 per cent is cultivated fields, 30 per cent hills, and the rest covered with water. Streets and alleys in Suzhou extend side by side with canals. Small bridges and flowing waters, white walls and dark gray roof tiles match one another in tranquil elegance. As a poem describes, "On arriving in Suzhou you behold: Houses are all pillowed on water's edge." The gentle waters make the prominent urban scenery.
The Suzhou gardens originated from the desire to retire from the strife of officialdom and to shun from worldly affairs. It seeks the return to Nature and the cultivation of temperament. In Taoist philosophy and the refinement of culture underlies the theme of the garden. Hills and waters, flowers and trees, pavilions, terraces, towers and halls constitute the basic garden elements, while the prominent tone is expressed in the dark colour of roof tiles, the grey of bricks, and chestnut brown of wooden pillars.
The Suzhou Gardens Administration Bureau
Tree Stone Hill House - Suzhou
Jing Guan Rare Stone Gallery - Suzhou
Jing Guan Landscape Gardening Enterprise - Professor Zhang Yi - Suzhou
Jinshan Park - Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province
At Jinshan Park, stairs through a Buddhist temple lead up to the octagonal Cishou Pagoda. Visitors are astonished by the bright colors of the detailed paintings found in the temples. Four caves in the mountain can be visited: Buddhist Sea, White Dragon, Morning Sun and Arhat. The park and two of the caves are associated with the Chinese fairy tale "The Story of the White Snake". Jiaoshan Park, also known as Jade Hill, is located on a nice little island of the Yangtze river, close to the north shores of Zhenjiang. Pavillions offer visitors restful stops on the way to the top of Xijiang tower. From there, visitors will have a great view over the Yangze. At the base of the hill there is a stone garden with engravings and Penjing trees, better known in English as Bonsai trees.
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