The Great Gardens of China: History, Concepts, Techniques

The Great Gardens of China: History, Concepts, Techniques

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By (author) Fang Xiaofeng, By (author) Xiaofeng Fang

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  • Publisher: Monacelli Press
  • Format: Hardback | 252 pages
  • Dimensions: 234mm x 312mm x 30mm | 1,901g
  • Publication date: 16 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1580933033
  • ISBN 13: 9781580933032
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 300 COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
  • Sales rank: 808,786

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The garden--a place for refined pleasure and spiritual relaxation--has its roots in ancient China. Western travelers from Marco Polo onward marveled at the intricacy, the elaborate buildings, the subtle design, and the assured use of plants, water, and natural materials in Chinese landscapes. "The Great Gardens of China" shows, through stunning original photography and cogent text, both the visual splendors of China's finest gardens and explains their ideas and techniques in accessible terms. Now every gardener, architect, or designer can understand China's garden heritage and be inspired to use it to dramatic effect. Beginning with an introduction to Chinese beliefs and the historical development of garden design, this book discusses the basic aesthetics and landscaping elements--architecture, rock stacking, waterscapes, plants, borders, and scenic routes--used in Chinese garden design. The author, an expert in the history and theory of Chinese and international gardens, also describes specific gardens, from famed world cultural heritage sites like the Summer Palace in Beijing and the gardens of Suzhou--Lion Grove, Humble Administrator's, Lingering, and Master-of-Nets Gardens--to the lesser known. "The Great Gardens of China" serves as a compendium--in text and illustration--of all facets of the Chinese garden. "This book allows a total immersion in the enticing art of Chinese classical gardens . . . The book has helped me greatly to understand how Chinese gardens work and how to borrow from them for our own gardens in the West. I believe that Chinese gardens will strongly influence global garden design once their unique versatility is properly understood." --Janet Wheatcroft Craigieburn Garden & Nursery, Scotland

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Fang Xiaofeng is a professor at the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University in Beijing. He specializes in the history and theory of Chinese and international gardens, garden design, city planning, and architectural design. He is also the deputy executive editor for "Decorations" magazine.

Table of contents

FOREWORD ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION The Chinese World View The Historical Development of Garden Design AESTHETICS AND LANDSCAPING The Aesthetic Schemata Landscaping Elements Architecture Rock Stacking Waterscapes Plants Borders Scenic Route HIGHLIGHTS OF CLASSICAL CHINESE GARDENS The Imperial Garden in the Forbidden City The Peace and Longevity Palace Garden in the Forbidden City Beihai Park The Summer Palace The Chengde Summer Resort The Humble Administrator’s Garden The Master-of-Nets Garden The Lingering Garden The Surging Waves Pavilion The Lion Grove Garden The Geyuan Garden The Zhanyuan Garden The Jichang Garden The Yuyuan Garden The Keyuan Garden The Xiling Seal Engravers’ Society TIMELINE FOR DYNASTIC CHINA