Yuan Ming Yuan,|
The Ruins of "Garden of Gardens"
Plan of the three-in-one garden, with Qi Chun Yuan in
the front, Yuan Ming Yuan on the left, and Chang Chun Yuan on the right.
The southern part of the huge garden was
occupied by palatial buildings, where emperors
handled state affairs. Over the rest of the garden
were scattered 40 scenic areas, which each
consisted of smaller landscapes, 50 of them being
imitation of garden, for example, were copies of
the ten scenic spots of Hangzhou's West Lake
with identical borrowed names.
The best-known Western structures were a
fountain, a maze and European palaces, all of a
Renaissance style. In a small lake was built a
model of Venice.
The emperor's apartments were adorned
with art treasures of an astonishing richness. The
garden was beautified by millions of exotic
flowers and trees.
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