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Travel in Chinese Lesson 83 Canglang Pavilion

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Colleague: Xuemei. We’re here. This is the Canglang Pavilion.

The Canglang Pavilion is one of the oldest gardens in Suzhou.

Xuemei:It’s been around longer than the Humble Administrator's Garden?

Colleague: That’s right. The Canglang Pavilion dates from earlier than the Humble Administrator's Garden. It’s more than a thousand years old.

Xuemei: I can’t wait. Let’s go and have a look.

Colleague: Look. This is centered around the mountain.

Xuemei:This side is the mountain, and that side is the water. This is truly an example of nature’s beauty.

Colleague: You’re absolutely right. The beauty of the Canglang Pavilion is building the corridor between the mountain and the water.

Xuemei:It’s like dividing the garden into two parts.

Colleague: Xuemei, have a look out from these windows.

Xuemei:Wow, it’s like looking at a magical scene through a crystal ball.

Colleague: You have to hand it to the classical garden designers; not only does the man-made corridor not spoil the view, it enhances it.

Xuemei:This is a garden from the Song Dynasty. Have any Suzhou gardens survived from other dynasties?

Colleague: Yes. The Lion Forest Garden is from the Yuan Dynasty.

Xuemei:The Lion Forest Garden?Sounds like a zoo.

Colleague: Well the Lion Forest Garden may not be a zoo, but it’s animal-related. Some say it’s the kingdom of rockeries.

Xuemei:Is there a story or legend involved?

Colleague: You’re right. Can you guess why it’s called the Lion Forest Garden?

Xuemei:I think it’s because the rockeries look like lions?

Colleague: You got it. That’s why it’s called the Lion Forest Garden.

Xuemei:I’ve seen the model of a hall in a museum back in the US. It was supposed to be a replica of some garden in Suzhou.

Colleague: That must be the Lingering Garden. Halls are the typical feature of the Lingering Garden’s structures.

Xuemei:I haven’t seen any halls like them since I’ve come to China.

Colleague: Then we’ll save the Lingering Garden for tomorrow.

Xuemei: OK.

Colleague: Let’s go!


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I explained this to her for a long time. But she never understood my meaning.


I told him this address many times. But he never remembered it.

2、类似 similar


The hotel promised us that a similar problem would never occur again.


At the west lake, there are many similar folk tales and fables.

Sign Posts

Canglang Pavilion

Tracing the history of all the existing classical gardens in Suzhou, Canglang Pavilion, located south of Suzhou city, is the oldest one. It was first built in the Northern Song Dynasty by the scholar Su Zimei, who chose the name Canglang or Blue Wave Pavilion. The garden has been rebuilt many times ever since and most of the present garden buildings, simple and plain in style, date from the Qing Dynasty.

Covering an area of 10,656 square meters, the Canglang Pavilion, features a range of man-made hills on the inside and waterscapes on the outside. To enter the garden, you must first proceed past an expanse of water over a zigzag bridge of stone. once there you can’t miss the sight of a man-made mountain covered with old trees and bamboo, running from east to west.

The Canglang Pavilion, in the shape of a square, stands at the top of the mountain. A Song dynasty poem is inscribed on the stone pillars and reads, “ the refreshing breeze and the bright moon are priceless, the nearby water and the distant mountains strike a sentimental note.” A double-corridor lies to the north of the garden, unifying the waterscapes outside with the garden and "mountain scenery" inside. Here, the designers have tried to create optical illusions with the scenery both inside and outside.

Substitution and Extension

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The Great Wall is one of the world cultural treasures.

2、像.......一般 as if, just like


The little lake in the mountain is so calm.It looks just like a mirror.



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