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The Classical Gardens of Shanghai$
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Shelly Bryant

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208814

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208814.001.0001

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Introduction: Shanghai’s Gardens in Context

Introduction: Shanghai’s Gardens in Context

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Shanghai’s Gardens in Context
The Classical Gardens of Shanghai

Shelly Bryant

Hong Kong University Press

Conventional wisdom in the Chinese classical gardening tradition says that it takes 300 years to build a garden. The appreciation of a garden is likewise not something that happens in a short space of time, but instead is cultivated over the course of a lifetime. A scholar’s garden involves the cultivation of the land, the self, the family, and the surrounding society and culture, all in the confines of one household’s walled residential compound. The role the garden played in the daily lives of families in times past was to create spaces for reading, entertainment, and enjoyment. The residential portions were meant to be secluded, reading areas quiet, entertainment spaces convenient, and enjoyment sections relaxing.

Keywords:   Gardens, Shanghai, Architecture, Art, Poetry, Politics, Culture

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