This day, I felt was going to be dedicated to classical Chinese culture and architecture especially in connection to china’s green spaces. All of us were of the opinion that visiting a classical Chinese garden would enlighten us on the way Chinese built their green spaces.
Hence all of us very enthusiastically got ready to visit this quaint sounding Xu garden. I had already collected enough history about it. This garden was the residence of prince of Han, belonging to the Ming Dynasty. This time we decided to take a cab all the way to the Presidents Palace, where this garden is located to its western side.
The large area of the garden was very pleasing to the eye. My sons really thought that the Chinese knew how to make use of green spaces. It was thrilling to them, to know that this was the residence of a prince long, long time ago. Something which thrilled all of us was the stony representation of 12 Zodiac signs of the Chinese animals.
All of us sat in the mimic stony boat built of grey stones. The 14.5 metre structure is now a symbol of this Xu garden. The tourists told us that one of the emperors had named it as Bu Ji Zhou, meaning unmoored boat. I felt this was very symbolic, as the emperors usually were high on philosophy about life and things in life.
Going ahead we discovered a hillock, where lay a Hexagonal Pavilion. My wife thought there were two of them. However as we walked closer to it, it was one single integrated body. The sign board there told us that, it was the Mandarin Duck Pavilion, and of course ducks are always known to appear in pairs, so this kind of architecture.
As the afternoon sun started getting milder we reached the Tong Yin Guan also known as Paulownia Melody House. This we noticed was the largest building here built in paulownia timber. Around it is many Chinese parasol trees, and during rains the water falling on the leaves create mellifluous sounds. I was full of admiration for this gardens layout.