Feminine beauty and particularly in youth, can rarely be denied;
just as is, the aged beauty in the nature surrounding us all......
None of these natural objects, were transformed in just -
" the twinkling of an eye."
Let us here - attend to just three things........
Nowadays, mankind's scavenge necessitates taking Chinese garden rocks, from wherever they can be still found or are yet to be unearthed.
The later, may mean, even more exquisitely delightful specimens are to be discovered, still.
In his book " The Craft of Gardens," - Master China & Chinese garden craftsman Ji Cheng asked a rhetorical question, along the lines of;
what do the masses know about the beauty of Huangshan ?
Now he was hardly suggesting that people, did not appreciate Huangshan's mountainous beauty, as such, surely.
We believe, he would have been referring to the point of proximity & scale.
Similarly, further on he offers, that Huang rocks, typified by those commonly found in Huangshan, Yaofengshan and Tushan; were considered unworkable, course by nature and described critically as hefty. [ scale ]
He constantly however, seems as if, to pay tribute to the master craftsman of all creation.
Along the way, he also states that rocks from " The Great Lake," had been the most famous;
right from ancient of times.
So. let's take a little more time, to break down these China & Chinese garden rocks; as to their uses.
Way back then, the best Taihu garden rocks with:
twists & turns
holes, either bullet or eye holes
perforations [ grey bones ]
were found at the waters edge, in Xiaoxia Bay.
San Bing, produced some blue through black, Taihu like rocks, of very fine quality.
Yixing County rocks, similar to Taihu ones, were used also, however, they were not considered as good for mountain construction.
Then there were those from Green Dragon Hill in Nanjing, with sizeable, distorted holes, for forming mountain bases or foots.
From Dragon Pool, near Nanjing and by the banks of the Yangtze; were collected grey, cracked, holed and interestingly wrinkled rocks, like those of " the Great Lake." for mountain sumits or foots.
Split peak mountain construction, owes it's due to the elegant rocks from Jinchuan and Yixing.
South of Zhenjiang, in the Xian mountains; yellow through grey-brown rocks, with interwoven holes, were sourced for mountain construction.
Lingbi County rocks, were uncovered from Stone Chime Hill and known for their marked twisting shapes and chime effects.
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