- Chinese Garden Elements
- Chinese Garden Design Techniques
- Chinese Garden and Architecture Integration
Chinese Garden Introduction
The abundance and beauty of the natural landscape resources originated and nurtured Chinese art, as well as Chinese gardens and Chinese architecture. According to Chinese tradition, man was not different from all the other created things and regarded as the part of the universe. Human character could be partly judged by the quality of man’s adjustment to the natural forces of his environment. A person who truly loves nature more than worldly “dust” was regarded as a person of the highest spiritual cultivation. The purpose of the Chinese garden is to “bring” nature into the human experience. Chinese garden may be viewed as a miniature of the Chinese landscape. Nature is loved and held in highest honor in Chinese art, but this does not mean that the nature must be simply “duplicated” in its original form. The main principle of Chinese garden art is to recreate nature, to present its essence without an artificial effect. The recreation must be based on profound observation and a deep understanding of the nature. The design of Chinese garden is a process of abstraction and stylization of the existing landscape. The final aim of creating a natural form in Chinese garden is to celebrate the human spirit.
Chinese garden may be viewed as a miniature of the Chinese landscape.