Gardens and Landscapes of China
Departing: Tuesday 10 April 2018
Returning: Wednesday 25 April 2018
Duration: 16 days
China’s tradition of garden making and landscape appreciation is considerably older than the West’s. Many understand this, but may find classical Chinese gardens difficult to understand: the dominant role of buildings, rocks and a spatial organisation which is totally different to the clear perspectives and axial lines of the western tradition.
Dr Hardie will introduce the historical and stylistic development of different types of garden in China, particularly imperial, scholarly and merchant gardens, setting them in the context of the appreciation of landscape in the Chinese tradition.
She will interpret the historical, social and stylistic features of Chinese gardens, thus giving a deeper insight into the Chinese people and their culture.
- Visit the sacred mountain of Hungshan and West Lake in Hangzhou – both are inspirations for garden design
- Learn more about the ‘scholar’ gardens of Suzhou and the culture which inspired them
- Explore the classical Qing gardens of Guangong Province – symbolic of pavilions, terraces, halls, bridges and lakes
HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE
ACTIVITY LEVEL: MEDIUM
* Per person sharing, not including international flights. Single supplement £1,070.
$4,460 - please note that this US Dollar price is based on the exchange rate in April 2017. Contact the relevant operator for the most up-to-date price information.