- Chinese Garden Elements
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The Famous Chinese Gardens - The Humble Administrator's Garden
The tranquil and peaceful western section boasts rich water views with a lake at the center. The buildings in the western part of the garden are properly arranged by the lake. To the south of the lake is a big mandarin duck's hall with two halves. The northern half is named "the Hall of 36 pairs of mandarin ducks" (Saliu Yuanyang Guan) and the southern half is named "the hall of 18 camellias” (Shiba Mantuoluohua Guan) . Going up and down and in a zigzag, a unique veranda over the water is a structure built along the wall to the east of the lake. The Good-For-Both-Families Pavilion on the top of the hill overlooks the central and western sections, another example of the Chinese garden technique called "borrowed view from near".
The eastern section features hills covered with dense bamboo and pine trees, and decorated with winding streams. Lotus (Furong) Waterside Pavilion and Celestial Spring Pavilion (Tianquan Ting) are two attracting spots in the east.Due to its unique designs and ethereal beauty, the Humble Administrator's Garden is listed as a World Cultural Heritage site and has also been designated as one of the Cultural Relics of National Importance under the Protection of the State as well as a Special Tourist Attraction of China. Along with the Summer Palace in Beijing , the Mountain Resort of Chengde in Hebei Province and the Lingering Garden in Suzhou , the Humble Administrator's Garden is considered as one of China 's four most famous gardens.