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Gardens of a Chinese emperor : imperial creations of the Qianlong Era, 1736-1796

Author: Victoria M Cha-Tsu Siu
Publisher: Bethlehem : Lehigh University Press, [2013]
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Qianlong's Yuanming Yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness) was a microcosm of his world, with lush plants, artificial mountains and lakes, and colorful buildings. From within these precincts, the emperor ruled his lands, performed imperial rituals, and observed various religious ceremonies of his people. Destroyed and looted in 1860 by Western forces, it is today only partially restored. Using images, maps, and  Read more...
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Cha-Tsu Siu, Victoria M.
Gardens of a Chinese emperor.
Bethlehem : Lehigh University Press, [2013]
(DLC) 2013008976
(OCoLC)837922968
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Victoria M Cha-Tsu Siu
ISBN: 9781611461299 1611461294
OCLC Number: 849928791
Description: 1 online resource (xxxii, 267 pages)
Contents: Experiencing the garden of perfect brightness (Yuanming Yuan) --
Qianlong's garden of everlasting spring (Changchun Yuan) --
The garden of the clear ripples (Qingyi Yuan) on longevity hill (Shou Shan) --
The garden of tranquil luminescence (Jingming Yuan) on Jade Spring Hill (Yuquan Shan) --
The garden of quiet delight (Jinyi Yuan) on fragrant hill (Xiang Shan).
Responsibility: Victoria M. Cha-Tsu Siu.

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Qianlong's Yuanming Yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness) was a microcosm of his world, with lush plants, artificial mountains and lakes, and colorful buildings. From within these precincts, the emperor ruled his lands, performed imperial rituals, and observed various religious ceremonies of his people. Destroyed and looted in 1860 by Western forces, it is today only partially restored. Using images, maps, and color-plates, this book reveals the philosophical, political, and artistic concepts that the gardens represented.

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China's most illustrious and ambitious garden-lover was the 18th-century emperor Qianlong. He furthered the efforts of two generations of emperors before him, and this book chronicles the cultural Read more...

 
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