During the Qing Dynasty, Yangzhou's salt
merchants began to build gardens; until now there retains
many excellent classical gardens in Yangzhou; among
which, the oldest and most complete preservation, has
the most artistic value, is Geyuan Garden, or Ge Yuan,
which is located in the ancient city of Beiyu.
Geyuan Garden is a typical private residential
garden. From the house into the garden, the first view
is the moon shaped hole door. There are two Chinese
characters "Ge Yuan' written on the door. On both
sides of the door, you can see all kinds of bamboo branches
and leaves. Through the door, you can see a row of ornamental
perforated windows, and catch a glimpse of garden scenery,
tower, flower, trees; all these are fascinating. Enter
the garden door, and then turn to the west, you can
see a large bamboo forest.
This garden's purport is novel with compact
construction; it is China's garden isolated cases, also
is Yangzhou's one of the most prestigious gardens landscapes.
The four seasons rockery in Geyuan Garden are distinctive.
The spring rockery is suitable to wander;
the green stalagmites are planted in the bamboo grove,
this bamboo stone picture, lay bare the theme "spring
hills". The summer rockery is suitable to have
a look; the cypresses on the hills are luxuriantly green;
the pond under the hills is dark green. The autumn rockery
is fitting to climb; it is piled up by Huang Shanshi;
the area is large with stone table, stone desk, stone
bed; draughty and dry; full of life interest; while
climbing to the peak, you will have breadth of mind,
and have a panoramic view of the gardenful wonderful
scenery. The winter rockery is appropriate to live in;
The landscape architect not only used "snow color"
to express the winter, also cleverly used the technique
of expression "sound of the wind", surprising
and fantasting; several strains of wintersweet on the
versant foil the bitter cold of the winter.