Chinese gardens have always been admired by people around the world, an ideal place to escape the burden of the everyday routine and enter a world of harmony and nature. Originally, they were built for the pleasure of China’s finest royals and aristocrats, but nowadays Chinese gardens can even be found abroad.
Chinese-style gardens are no less beautiful abroad, and many were built as an act diplomatic friendship. Today we will take a look at some of the best known and most beautiful Chinese gardens outside of China, inspired by this Forbes list.
Chinese Garden in Singapore
Chinese Garden (裕华园) in Jurong East, Singapore in 1975. Designed by an architect from Taiwan, it was the first Chinese-style garden in South East Asia and one of the biggest in the world. It’s built in accordance with the garden concepts of the ‘northern style’, characteristic of the imperial gardens in China.
Interestingly, the garden is located right next to the Chinese Garden MRT Station and is connected to an adjacent Japanese Garden by a bridge.
Chinese Garden in New Zealand
The Dunedin Chinese Garden is located in the city of Dunedin in southern New Zealand. Even though this particular park is one of the smallest, it is considered to be one of the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of the Middle Kingdom. A great Shanghai garden master made sure that its construction were strictly adhered to the ancient traditions of garden construction. Use of nails and other corrosive metals were avoided.
Chinese Garden of Serenity in Malta
Ġnien is-Serenità s a public Chinese garden in Santa Luċija, Malta. The designers were especially brought from China and created a true landscape masterpiece. The “Serenity Garden” in Santa Luċija symbolizes life – birth to death. The fountain at the beginning of the garden is birth, with the water in the background symbolizing the mother giving birth to new life.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Canada
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is located in Vancouver’s Chinatown. The mandate of the garden is to “maintain and enhance the bridge of understanding between Chinese and Western cultures, promote Chinese culture generally, and be an integral part of the local community.”
Chinese Garden of Friendship in Australia
The Chinese Garden of Friendship is a Chinese garden in Darling Harbour and close to Chinatown, Sydney, Australia. It is named the Garden of Friendship symbolizing the bond between China and Australia. Five basic elements of earth, fire, water, metal, and wood are reflected in the rocks, waterfalls, pavilions, and bridges.
Chinese garden, Zurich
The Chinese garden in the Swiss city of Zürich was a gift from Zürich’s Chinese partner town Kunming. Zurich, in terms of a Chinese garden is a perfect place for such peace; the lakes and mountains nearby create a special connection with the elements of water, earth, and air. The garden is an expression of one of the main themes of Chinese culture, the Three Friends of Winter: three plants that together brave the cold season, referring to pine, bamboo, and plum blossom. As water is the central element, it symbolizes the f friendship between Kunming and Zurich.
Enchoen Garden in Japan
Hebei Province and Tottori Prefecture signed an agreement of friendship and cooperation, and after 10 years this Chinese garden was erected on the shores of precious lake Togo, called Enchoen. It was a present from the Middle Kingdom to the land of the rising sun.
*Main image is also Enchoen garden
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