Deshi’s Beautiful Chinese Garden

I’ve always thought gardens were so romantic, with the meandering pathways, the benches and the beauty.

In my book, Hong Kong Treasure (coming out this September), Deshi has a beautiful Chinese garden. In this post I thought it’d be fun to describe his garden.

There are four elements of the traditional Chinese garden: water, architecture, rocks and flowers & trees.

Deshi’s garden is surrounded by the walls of his house, painted white to enhance the colors of the flowers and trees. As the center focal point, a small pond teams with orange & white koi and lotus flowers. Water represents lightness and communication and since it reflects the sky it is always changing.

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Lotus in Deshi's garden

 

Arching gracefully over this pond is a red, lacquered bridge (for more about romantic bridges, see earlier post: Can a Bridge Be Romantic?).  The red, symbolizing luck, gives contrast whether against the summer flora or winter starkness.

Red_Bridge in Deshi's garden

 

Following the stone pathway beside a gentle stream tripping over rocks, leads you to an open, red pavilion in the back corner of the garden. Here you could rest on the benches to savor all the surrounding beauty and pause to enjoy the chirping of birds and the heady aroma of the garden.

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After the pavilion, rounding back toward the house, you come upon a bamboo patch circling a rock garden in the Yin-Yang design. The bamboo, represents a wise man and is noted for being flexible in a storm without breaking. It also provides sounds to the garden when a gentle wind blows.

Bamboo in Deshi's garden

 

rock yin yang design

 

Deshi’s garden has plenty of the fourth element of traditional Chinese gardens – flowers and trees, which contrast with the straight lines of the architecture.

For the winter season, you will find the “Three Friends of Winter” (pine, bamboo and Chinese plum) which remain green and bloom in winter. This makes his garden a joy all year round.

The rest of the year sees plenty of peach and apricot trees, lotus, peony and orchid plants. The peach tree symbolizes longevity and immortality while the apricot tree symbolizes the way of the Mandarin. The lotus flower is admired for its purity and the way it reaches out of the water to bloom in the air represents the search for knowledge.

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I hope you have enjoyed our journey through Deshi Han’s Hong Kong garden.

 

Do you have a garden at home? What is your favorite part of your garden or any garden you have visited?

 

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Hong Kong Treasure – A devastating Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. Now, can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?

Coming this September!

 

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Can a Bridge be Romantic?

I love bridges!

China has some of the best bridges in the world.

Anji Bridge

Anji Bridge

Anji Bridge is the oldest bridge still in existence in the world. The name translates to “Safe Crossing Bridge” and it was constructed between 595 to 605 during the Sui Dynasty. It’s total length is 167 feet (50.82 m) and it crosses the Xiao River. This bridge has survived 8 wars, 10 major floods and numerous earthquakes; only the ornamental railings have been replaced every few hundred years. In 1991, the Anji Bridge was named among the world cultural relics of civil engineering which makes it as famous as the Eiffel Tower, Panama Canal and the Pyramids in Egypt.

I love stone bridges!

 

Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge

Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge

The Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge is the world’s longest bridge spanning 102.4 miles (164.8 K). This bridge is the viaduct on the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway which opened in 2011.

This bridge seems to go right up to the horizon!

 

Sidu River Bridge

Sidu River Bridge

The Sidu River Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It opened in 2009 and spans a 500 meter deep valley.

Imagine the view from the top!

 

Now, those are some really cool bridges but I think I’ve found the most romantic bridge ever!

Stone bridge over canal in Beijing Black Bamboo Forest

This bridge is in the Black Bamboo Forest in Beijing, China. The reflection in the canal completes the circle making me think of a ring. What could be more romantic than that?

In my novel, Hong Kong Treasure, Deshi and Annie travel to Beijing and I like to imagine them crossing this bridge while holding hands.

So to answer the question in my title – Yes, I believe bridges can be romantic! Anywhere you are with the one you love can be romantic.

Anyone have any romantic experiences on bridges? I’d love to hear about them.

Sources: wikipedia.org, http://www.highestbridges.com, http://www.chinaculture.org and http://www.asce.org

 

 

dragon illustration

 

Hong Kong Treasure – A deadly Philippines typhoon stole Annie’s memory. Now, can a handsome Chinese stranger save her from the danger she has forgotten?

Coming this September!