The Garden of the Master of the Nets is a great example of a special gift for people. It appears as the smallest of the Suzhou residential gardens, but it is still the most magnificent one, thanks to its amazing use of space, creating the illusion of a spectacular spot that is more beautiful than its current size. Even more than the architectural design it is the veritable atmosphere of tranquility and harmony- this is what this fantastic garden evokes. The Garden of the Master of the Nets dates back to the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279) when it was initially designed as an imposing part of a residence that was used until the Taiping Rebellion in the 1860's. Later the garden was restored and transformed into the residence of a government official, from where it took the name. This garden is among the finest and the loveliest gardens in Suzhou. It is beautifully located at Canglang District, Dai Cheng Qiao Road. It is listed near the other classical Suzhou gardens in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Garden comprises 5,400 square meters, divided into two parts: the eastern house and the western garden. Half of the garden is surrounded by a screen wall that features a row of iron rings for tethering horses, two alleyway side entrances, with the front door to the south, including a pair of var. The garden includes three remarkable sections: a residential section, the central main garden and an inner garden. The main garden is designed with an imposing pond which is surrounded by pathways and many unique buildings such as the Ribbon Washing Pavillion, and the Pavillion for the advent of the Moon and Wind. The main garden includes more buildings, founded so that there is never crowdy, but always offers an ambiance full of space. Commonly to Suzhou gardens, is the pond that includes also a small pavilion in it. This pavilion is accessible after walking on a bridge that has a width of about one foot. The contrasting light used with shade are fine decorated to make the middle part of the garden to look more beautiful that it is when admired alone.
The inner pond is curved round by a roofed walkway, overlooking the mountains designed from yellow stones gathered in layers, creating hollows and caverns within. The Washing-My-Ribbon Pavilion over the water in the main garden represents the best viewing place made ever in the area.
Walking through the gardens and along the walkways, the tourists can admire spectacular views through windows onto wonderful flowers or great plants, being adorable from the distance, taking them to a single fantastic sight, with memories of peaceful natural beauty. When walking through the buildings, they will feel a great impulse of imagining the life that the original inhabitants had in a feudal society where these gardens were exclusively for their pleasure and to enchant their guests. The admirable buildings are founded in a very interesting way, so that the guest could have free access to the main garden from any room. The rooms feature an extraordinary design and ornamentation, representing the absolute style of the Song Dynasty.
The inner garden has 660 square feet, recognized as the model for the Ming Hall Garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and also totally miniaturized for an exhibit in the Pompidou Center in Paris in 1982. This garden is also considered the most well -kept garden in Suzhou and should not be missed. It looks very small but it is like a tastefully cut diamond whose splendor is endless, veiled in mystery and offering unforgettable pleasure.
The design of the general aspect offers a balance to the outer shape of the Garden and varied the interior. The east part of the fabulous garden is beautified by the Ancestry Hall, Entrance Hall, the Sedan-chair Hall, Lobby - the Hall of 10000 Volumes, amazing bricks gate tower popular as “Zao Yao Gao Xiang”, Women Hall, The Beauty located in the Reach Tower and the Cloud Stairway Hall. The middle section consists of Tieshi Hill House, the Music Room, the Daohe House, the Washing My Ribbon Pavilion, the Rosy Clouds Pool, the Moon Comes with Breeze Pavilion, the Watching Pine and Appreciating Painting Studio, the Prunus Mume Pavilion, the Meditation Study, the Maid Tower, the Five Peak's Library, Duck Shooting Corridor and the Leading to Quietude Bridge. The architectures of the area are truly fantastic, surprising with their delicate shaping and incredible designs. The furniture that decorates the pavilions are mainly made of rosewood, very comfortable and modern. The yellow stones are used in the rockery, the flower table and the lake stones are used in other beautiful yards, creating a notable design, trying to avoid the mix of stones. There are included not so many plants in the Garden but each of them are essential and has its own charm. The main species of the plants that can be admired there are green maple, laurel, white bark pine, black pine, wisteria and yulan . Beautiful flowers, as peony can be seen in the Dew Elite House. The cypress planted by Shi Zhengzhi, who was the first owner of the Garden, was the main witness of the changing periods for around thousands of years.
The Master-Of-Nets Garden is one of four splendid gardens in Suzhou, which is regarded as one of the world’s cultural heritage site, a superb area, that includes historical and cultural relics protected by the state. It is a private Garden which houses thousands of collected books. Thanks to it the garden is also called the “Hall of 10000 Volumes”. The Flower Garden was constructed to the other side of the gate, known as Yu Yin. During the Qian Long Period of Qing Dynasty, a Shao Qing of Guanglu Temple, known as Song Zongyuan bought the estate and founded there a villa. Then the garden was expanded with 12 scenes of storied building, pavilion, platform, and Song Zongyuan called it the Master-Of-Nets Scenery. After the Qian Long Period, a merchant prince in Taicang named owned the territory and erected the Plum Blossom Tieshi Hill House, the Small Hill and Osmanthus Fragrans Pavilion, the Washing My Ribbon Pavilion, the Daohe House, the Moon Comes with Breeze Pavilion, the Cloudy Mountain, the Prunus Mume Pavilion, the Meditation Study, creating the basic layout of the nowadays garden. After that the Garden took the name of “Master-Of-Net”, then was called “Qu Garden ” because the next owner had a family name of Qu. Long before the Anti-Japanese War, two famous Chinese Painting masters, made their residence in the Garden, including different modern inscription calligraphers and paintings, for example the Ye Gongchuo living together. In 1950, the last generation of He Yanong gave the Garden to the country. By 1958, Suzhou Garden Management Bureau made some important changes and renovations on the Master-Of-Nets Garden, for example the Cloud Stairway Hall was enlarged and were created new areas such as Green Jade Spring and Cold Spring Pavilion, so the garden appeared renovated and more spectacular. In October of 1958, the Master-Of-Nets Garden was formally opened to the public.
The Master of Nets Garden is a veritable attraction in China, famous for its unrepeatable design and tranquil atmosphere, attracting tourists through its scenic beauty and original style. It has a perfect location, very close to the main attractions of the area, featuring incredible buildings that should not be missed. The garden is veiled in a mysterious spirit of timelessness, full of glorious memories and important events, that marked the real history of the garden. It is really exciting to get to enjoy the lovely beauty of this garden, to get to explore its secrets and to admire its unique and beautiful plants. This garden is a majestic pearl for the Chinese society, being well protected by the state just to keep its original charm and grandeur. The place is really marvelous, where the plants live in perfect harmony with people and their pieces of art. Do not hesitate to taste from its great mystery and majesty and try to delight your eyes with stunning and breathtaking views.
By Eugenia Cvasov
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