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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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Qiuxiapu: A Literary Perspective

Qiuxiapu: A Literary Perspective

(p.83) 5 Qiuxiapu: A Literary Perspective
The Classical Gardens of Shanghai

Shelly Bryant

Hong Kong University Press

What we today know as Qiuxiapu began as four separate gardens, those of the Gong clan, the Jin clan, the Shen clan, and the City God Temple. It is the latter that dates from the Song dynasty, and since it has continuously remained a part of the grounds where the current garden sits, Qiuxiapu claims to be Shanghai’s oldest garden. With the temple garden having been built no later than 1478 and having always remained an integral part of subsequent developments in what eventually became Qiuxiapu, it can at least claim to be the garden with the longest continuous history of the five located in Shanghai.

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

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