Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Graduation Trip: Chinese Garden of Friendship (II)


The Chinese Garden of Friendship (谊园)

Most of the stone in the garden has been brought from country west of Sydney beyond the Great Divide, near the township of Cumnock. The rocks are limestone, and contain many fossils. The fluted and sculptured shapes are typical of those traditionally used in Chinese Gardens, but not only are they the correct type of rock, many of them have been chosen to represent animals and figures to give life and to rekindle traditions, such as the dragon in the lake (protecting the mountain).

The Chinese Garden of Friendship (谊园)

The Chinese Garden of Friendship (谊园)

At the peak of the mountain and the focus of the garden, this building is an all round viewing platform. As a tall and distinctive feature viewed from within the garden and from the city beyond the triple tiered roof is covered with gold-glazed tiles. Large carved panels depict the three friends of winter (plum, pine, and bamboo) together with other garden flowers including Lotus.

The Chinese Garden of Friendship (谊园)

The Chinese Garden of Friendship (谊园)

The Chinese Garden of Friendship (谊园)

The Chinese Garden of Friendship (谊园)

The Chinese Garden of Friendship (谊园)

The Chinese Garden of Friendship (谊园)

The Chinese Garden of Friendship (谊园)

The Chinese Garden of Friendship (谊园)

One of the three main water sources in the garden is the dramatic waterfall. From its source on the mountain water drops to a series of smaller water bodies beneath to finally end in the Lake of Brightness. Trees are seen, as in nature to respond to their environment. Here in the garden, fashion trees are planted to lean towards the water.

The Chinese Garden of Friendship (谊园)

The Kawarimono Koi are huge!!!
It really scared the hell out of me when I tried to lay my fingers on them.

The Chinese Garden of Friendship (谊园)

The Lake of Brightness. The cityscape in the background has ruined the whole picture.

The Chinese Garden of Friendship (谊园)

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