Gone were the days when literati scholars, could retreat from the world and find their peace in the mountains....
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Thatched Hut at Nan-hu
Now we move forward, bringing the retreat closer to home....
Wangchuan's Villa and
Whiling Away the Summer
Whether, we call it Zhai, Shuzhai or Shufang :-
If Ms Jean Smith can create a Scholar's Studio in her own abode..
I admonish you all in control of the 21st Century " Stewardship " of Chinese gardens; to respect the significance of this integral architecture.
In a Chinese Garden - let us go back to the translated words of the great garden designer...
To honour the significance of this architecture;
in a Chinese garden scene....
we quote here, verbatim, the beginning lines of page 59 and item - No. 4
" Studies [ shu fang ]
When siting a study in a garden you should not strictly separate inside and outside, but should choose a secluded site and give easy access to and from the garden;
yet this should be done in such a way that people strolling in the garden will be unaware of its existence."
This image is not very clear;
yet Number 8 is the..
China Heritage Project of The Australian National University ANU.
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the Scholar's Studio.