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CHINA'S LOST IMPERIAL GARDEN: THE WORLD'S MOST EXQUISITE GARDEN REDISCOVERED. Guo Daiheng. Better Link Press, New York, 2016. Published in association with Shanghai Press and Publishing Development Company, Shanghai. Distributed by Tuttle Publishing, North Clarendon. 256 pp. with 202 ills. (184 col.). 31 x 24 cm. ISBN 9781602200210 In English.
Publisher's description: Built in 1707, the Old Summer Palace (Yuan Ming Yuan) is a masterpiece integrating the classic garden-building arts of China. It is reputed as the "Garden of all Gardens," due to its rich and incomparable landscaping. The beautiful and expansive gardens were known to the world, and triggered the craze of Chinese gardens in 18th century Europe. Victor Hugo, one of the best and greatest known French writers, described it as "Achievements generated from the imagination of a super nation." The Old Summer Palace was also the second political center in addition to the Forbidden City in the Qing Dynasty (1636-1911). Five emperors chose the Old Summer Palace as their venue for administrative governance. They felt it expressed an ideal of state governing and an appeal of aesthetics. Meanwhile, it was the base for turning out important national policies while serving as an important venue for the exchange between Chinese and foreign envoys. Having gone through a span of over 150 years, the Old Summer Palace reflects the history of the rise and fall of the Qing Dynasty.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Asia (Traditional) — China — Architecture
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 171859
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