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Travel in Chinese Lesson 82 Humble Administrator´s Garden

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Colleague1: This is the Humble Administrator's Garden. It's a typical example of the classical gardens south of the Yangtze River.

Xuemei:There are so many lakes. It seems like the garden is full of water.

Colleague2: Yes. All the main structures of the Humble Administrator's Garden are built next to the water. And about one fifths of the garden is water.

Xuemei:How old is the Humble Administrator's Garden?

Colleague1: More than 500 years. It's been a tycoon's mansion and a temple, among other things. It was named the Humble Administrator's Garden from the Ming dynasty.

Colleague2: Some say Daguan Yuan in the novel "A Dream of Red Mansions" was based on this place.

Xuemei:It looks quite like the Summer Palace. I've heard that some places in the Summer Palace are like Suzhou gardens.

Colleague1: Do you know why? The Qing emperor once came here, and he was so impressed after seeing the elegant Suzhou gardens. He had some features copied when he built the royal gardens.

Colleague1: There's even a Suzhou street in the Summer Palace!

Xuemei:I've been there.

Colleague1: Look! This is Yuanxiang Hall, the centre of the Humble Administrator's Garden. If you stand here, you can admire the views all around.

Colleague2: It's particularly famous for its lotus flowers, and draws crowds all year round.

Xuemei:Do Chinese people like lotus flower because of Buddhism?

Colleague1: I don' t think it's because of Buddhism completely. China's literati have always been fond of lotus flowers.

Colleague2: This is the west garden. You can see lots of famous flowers and plants.

Colleague1: Not only does this place have flowers that bloom in every season, but also it has rooms for appreciating them. For example, the Yulan Hall is for observing the jade orchid.

Xuemei:Then what's this room for?

Colleague2: This is for observing the camellias.

Xuemei:The pines and rockery are nice.

Colleague1: When the camellias are in bloom, the view of the rockery, pine trees and camellias together is so vivid. It' s like a three-dimensional picture.

Xuemei:No wonder the emperor moved some back to his Palace. I'd like to take some, too.

Colleague1: "Moved back?"

Xuemei:Didn't you say the emperor moved a lot of the stuff back to the Summer Palace?

Woman: "Moved"?Xuemei, he didn't mean to move. He meant"copied"?


1、先后 respectively, in order, one by one


Last year, he travelled to Japan, America, UK and other countries in order.


After class, the students left the classroom one by one.

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Gardens of Suzhou

The earliest gardens of Suzhou can be traced far back to the Spring and Autumn period in the 6th century B.C. And it was during the prosperous Ming and Qing Dynasties that the garden building here reached its zenith. Here you will find the largest number of, and finest examples of classical Chinese garden architecture.

Different from the imperial gardens of Beijing, the gardens of Suzhou are the epitome of landscaping art for the private garden. They are better known for their delicacy, intimacy, and simplicity rather than grandeur. Laid out within a limited area by the house, a classical garden of Suzhou is a microcosm of the world made of the basic elements of water, stone, plants and classical architecture. Like Zen gardens in Japan, there are few flowers and no fountains in the gardens of Suzhou. These gardens are designed to give the illusion of a natural scene, a microcosm laid out by master craftsmen over the centuries.

In 1997, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added to its prestigious list of world cultural heritage sites the Humble Administrator's Garden 拙政园, the Master-of-nets Garden网师园, and the Lingering Garden 留园.

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