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By Young-tsu Wong

This e-book is aimed toward readers and researchers who're drawn to chinese language backyard structure, the increase and fall of Yuanming Yuan and the heritage of the Qing dynasty. it's the first finished learn of the palatial backyard complicated in a Western language, and is abundantly illustrated with images and unique drawings. Young-tsu Wong’s enticing writing type brings "the backyard of excellent brightness" to existence as he leads readers on a grand travel of its structure and history.

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10 On the other side of the entrance stood the Eternal Spring Fairy Hall (Changchun Xianguan), where Qianlong resided as crown prince for many years. It consisted of a three-column-wide front structure, a five-column-wide main building double the Green Shade Gallery (Lvyin Xuan) in the rear, and a compound of galleries, studios, chapels, halls, and rooms to the west. After Prince Hongli had become Emperor Qianlong, he invited his beloved mother to live here (cf. Qianlong’s poem in Yuanming Yuan Tuyong 1987; Qingshigao 1976, 14:3862–3863, Chong Xian 1984, 240–262; Yu 1985, 3:1349–1350).

This place provided the Qing emperors from Yongzheng onward with the administrative space to conduct state affairs. Qianlong designated it as the scene of the “Diligent and Talented Government” (Qinzheng Qinxian). 3 The so-called Nine Continents, ostensibly from the Confucian Book of History, refer to the known world in ancient China (Shujing 1911, 2:1). The Yongzheng Emperor, who named this area, wanted to signify his universal empire surrounded by the seas and to symbolize “all under heaven” (tianxia) under peace and prosperity.

26 2 Disposition The main entrance, facing south, was named the Grand Palace Gate (Da’gongmen); it was one of the garden’s eighteen major gates. On top of the gate hung a wooden tablet with three large Chinese characters, yuan ming yuan, in the style of Kangxi’s calligraphy. Centered in front of the Grand Palace Gate was a five-column-wide section of rooms used as office space for representatives from virtually all major government agencies, including the Grand Secretariat (Nei Ge), the six boards, Hanlin Academy, and the Bureau of the Clansmen (Zongren Fu).

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