Perhaps, you would rather see trees in the background. Well, it's not always possible and besides; if you think of the scholar's purpose - even in the confines of tall city buildings - one can find
a serenity, by framing views, that focus our attention on the moment. What goes on beyond in the world outside is immaterial to the nature of the peace created, within. One has to be able to concentrate on the framed views in front of the eyes and conceptualise, the created purpose and peace.
In Ji Cheng's book " The Craft of Gardens," said to be the MasterCraftsman & Authoritative Manual on Chinese garden construction;
he says through the translator Ms Alison M Hardie, that " making use of natural scenery is the most vital part of garden design."