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The General Philosophy of Chinese Gardening

The traditional Chinese garden is quite chaotic.

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Many people are familiar with Japanese gardening. And you might think that Chinese gardening is very similar. But this is not the case. The Japanese garden is very orderly and serene. But the traditional Chinese garden is quite chaotic. In this story, we will discuss some of the characteristics of a typical traditional Chinese garden. Read on to learn more.

Traditional Chinese gardens are populated. You’ll find many ornamental and practical buildings, messy piles of stones. As well as a host of plantings, ornaments and more. This is because the elements of the Chinese garden represent many different concepts.

The planning of plantings and ornamentation in a Chinese garden illustrates such diverse goals and concepts. As humanity’s place in the universe, peaceful nooks and crannies for meditation. Or open and bright spaces for family gatherings and celebrations. Discussion spaces for artists and poets, etc. All this and more can be found in one small garden.

There are likewise various sorts and styles of Chinese gardens. Chinese people have enjoyed landscape parks. They have beautiful patterns in the landscape. The traditional Chinese landscape park must include a water body and a hill from which it can be observed. People like to walk around the water in landscape parks and commune with nature.

Until recent time, many Chinese private homes had central courtyards that served as enclosed outdoor spaces. These sheltered areas provided families living in private homes on either side of the courtyard with a common space to meet. And grow food and flowers, and cook outside in good weather. Traditional courtyards are oriented from north to south. For the prosperity and flourishing of the people who utilize the yard garden.

In China, gardens are also a sacred space for many people. This is true for people who often maintain small private gardens for contemplation and spiritual research. These types of gardens may be designed in styles that honor and celebrate Buddhism, Taoism or Confucianism. The janitor of a spiritual garden gains peace, enlightenment. And enrichment through the care of the garden and the time spent in contemplation in the garden.

Another type of specialized Chinese garden is the private garden for women with bound feet. We don’t see them anymore. These beautiful, quiet private retreats featured cool garden pools. Where bound-footed women could rest and relax or soak their aching feet late into the evening.

Even today, Chinese city dwellers plan their little garden escapades. The ideal garden in a Chinese city should be placed in a secluded corner of the courtyard, with a roundabout way to access it.

The ideal garden contains both a waterway, like a little lake. Or then again wellspring, and a little ascent of land to address a hill. Although the garden should be planned and maintained, it is ideal if it has a wild and natural feel. To help visitors free their hearts and minds from the worries of the modern world.

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