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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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Guyi Yuan: Revival, Restoration, and Expansion

Guyi Yuan: Revival, Restoration, and Expansion

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The Classical Gardens of Shanghai

Shelly Bryant

Hong Kong University Press

The earliest gardens in Nanxiang were built during the Song dynasty. With Hangzhou serving as the capital during the Southern Song (1127–1279), the Jiangnan area became known for its gardens at this time. It was during the Ming dynasty, though, that gardening culture really exploded in the region, and that Nanxiang became well-known for its scholar’s gardens. The famed Ming-era gardens of Nanxiang were known for their simplicity and elegance, and for their natural appearance. Eleven gardens were built in the town during the Ming dynasty, with another seventeen being added during the Qing period. According to the signage inside the grounds of the garden, the old local saying is that ‘Suzhou gardens are famous around the world, and Guyi Garden is Shanghai’s best.’

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

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