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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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Qushui Yuan: Space and Text

Qushui Yuan: Space and Text

(p.41) 3 Qushui Yuan: Space and Text
The Classical Gardens of Shanghai

Shelly Bryant

Hong Kong University Press

Established in 1745 during the Qianlong period (1736–1795) of the Qing Dynasty, Qushui Yuan (曲水园‎, ‘Garden of Meandering Waters’), in the city's Qingpu District, served as a resting place for guests in the Qingpu City God Temple compound from its earliest years, rather than as a part of a single family's residential estate. The overall layout of the garden centres around its religious function, and many of the inscriptions are laden with spiritual significance. The temple to which the garden was originally attached was founded in the Ming Dynasty in 1573. Like Yu Yuan in the Old City of Shanghai, the garden's proximity to the temple made it a central gathering space for the community, and a shopping bazaar has long stood in the area around the garden. In the early days of the Chinese landscaping tradition, temple gardens and private gardens were very closely linked, and only later were they sometimes thought of as two separate traditions, though the distinction was never thought to be as clear as that between private and imperial gardens.

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

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