May 3, 2010, Suzhou Part B

Monday, May 3. Suzhou.

Master of the Nets Garden. The story we were told about this garden is that wealthy Suzhou civil servant was building this garden, and during the construction, his young son fell into the canal, and a fisherman quickly rescued the boy with his fishing net. The man was so moved that he changed the name to Master of the Nets Garden! However, the Wikipedia article states, "The Master of the Nets garden, then called Ten Thousand Volume Hall, was first constructed in 1140 by Shi Zhengzhi the Deputy Civil Service Minster of the Southern Song Dynasty government.[1] Shi Zhengzhi was inspired by the simple and solitary life of a Chinese fisherman depicted in philosophical writings. After his death the garden passed through numerous ownership and subsequently fell into disarray until around 1785 when it was restored by Song Zongyuan, a retired government official of the Qing Dynasty.[2] He drastically redesigned the garden and added multiple buildings, but retained the spirit of the site. He often referred to himself as a fisherman and renamed it the Master of the Nets Garden, as an allusion to the simple life of a fisherman." I really liked this garden! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_of_the_Nets_Garden

http://www.ylj.suzhou.gov.cn/english/wsy.htm

001 Master of the Nets Garden entry 003 Master of the Nets Garden living room

Master of the Nets Garden entry                   Master of the Nets Garden living room

005 Master of the Nets Garden example of landscape in natural stone 006 Master of the Nets Garden Ming furniture

             Master of the Nets Garden               Master of the Nets Garden – Ming Furniture

             Landscape in Natural stone

006 Master of the Nets Garden Ming 007Master of the Nets Garden Qing furntiture

           Master of the Nets Garden – Ming                  Master of the Nets Garden – Qing

008 Master of the Nets Garden mosiac in path 008 Master of the Nets Garden path

                      Master of the Nets Garden – Qing                Master of the Nets Garden – path

009 Master of the Nets Garden  010 Master of the Nets Garden typical end of covered corridor

                         Master of the Nets Garden                     Master of the Nets Garden – typical

                                                                                              end of covered corridor                       011 Master of the Nets Garden 012 Master of the Nets Garden

                             Master of the Nets Garden                  Master of the Nets Garden

014 Master of the Nets Garden (1) 015 Master of the Nets Garden

                      Master of the Nets Garden                         Master of the Nets Garden

Panmen — City wall of Suzhou, original gate — 2,500 years old. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Gate

023 Panmen in old Suzhou city wall -The Pan Men 016 Panmen in old Suzhou city wall --2500 years old

                                      Panmen                                        Panmen, bridge over Grand canal  

017 Panmen in old Suzhou city wall -   018 Panmen in old Suzhou city wall - on bridge over grandcanal

                           Panmen, bridge over Grand canal                      Panmen, grand canal

025 Panmen in old Suzhou city wall - Water gate from below 026 Panmen in old Suzhou city wall - Land gate from below

                       Panmen, water gate from below                    Panmen, Land gate from below

027 Panmen in old Suzhou city wall - Land gate from above 028 Panmen in old Suzhou city wall - water gate from above

                            Panmen, land gate from above               Panmen, water gate from above

 029 Panmen in old Suzhou city wall - 030 Panmen in old Suzhou city wall - enemy smitters

                               Panmen guard house                        Panmen guard house people smiters

031 Panmen in old Suzhou city wall - enemy smitters

Panmen, People smiters

Boat ride on Grand Canal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canal_(China) The Wikipedia article states, " The Grand Canal in China (simplified Chinese: 大运河; traditional Chinese: 大運河; pinyin: Dà Yùnhé), also known as the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal (simplified Chinese: 京杭大运河; traditional Chinese: 京杭大運河; pinyin: Jīng Háng Dà Yùnhé) is the longest canal or artificial river in the world.[1] Starting at Beijing, it passes through Tianjin and the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang to the city of Hangzhou. The oldest parts of the canal date back to the 5th century BC, although the various sections were finally combined during the Sui Dynasty (581–618 AD).

The total length of the Grand Canal is 1,776 km (1,103 miles). …"

032 Boat on Grand canal 033 Boat on Grand canal

On the Grand Canal On the Grand Canal

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