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Chinese Garden Pleasures

Author : Alison Hardie
ISBN : 1602201455
Genre : Gardening
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Featuring beautiful photographs and insightful commentary this Chinese gardening book is a must have for any gardening or zen enthusiast. Celebrating the pleasures of garden living enjoyed by the elite of late imperial China, this book brings together poetry, prose, paintings and prints from imperial China to show the many facets of life and leisure in the Chinese garden. From music to lanterns, from chess to drama, all kinds of cultural activities could be enjoyed in a garden setting, alone or with friends and family. Here, too, the garden owner and his or her companions could appreciate the changing seasons with all their variety of scent, sound and colorful blossom. No wonder that dwelling in a garden was often compared to the carefree life of a Taoist immortal. Chinese Garden Appreciation, compiled by a leading expert in Chinese garden history, incorporates many original translations of classical Chinese poetry and prose.
Category: Gardening

The Chinese Garden

Author : Maggie Keswick
ISBN : 9780674010864
Genre : Architecture
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Dense with winding paths, dominated by huge rock piles and buildings squeezed into small spaces, the characteristic Chinese garden is, for many foreigners, so unlike anything else as to be incomprehensible. Only on closer acquaintance does it offer up its mysteries; and such is the achievement of Maggie Keswick's celebrated classic that it affords us--adventurers, armchair travelers, and garden buffs alike--the intimate pleasures of the Chinese garden. In these richly illustrated pages, Chinese gardens unfold as cosmic diagrams, revealing a profound and ancient view of the world and of humanity's place in it. First sensuous impressions give way to more cerebral delights, and forms conjure unending, increasingly esoteric and mystical layers of meaning for the initiate. Keswick conducts us through the art and architecture, the principles and techniques of Chinese gardens, showing us their long history as the background for a civilization--the settings for China's great poets and painters, the scenes of ribald parties and peaceful contemplation, political intrigues and family festivals. Updated and expanded in this third edition, with an introduction by Alison Hardie, many new illustrations, and an updated list of gardens in China accessible to visitors, Keswick's engaging work remains unparalleled as an introduction to the Chinese garden.
Category: Architecture

Gardens Of Pleasure

Author : Ferdinand M. Bertholet
ISBN : 3791330470
Genre : Art
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Drawing on the largest collection of erotic art in the world, this book initiates the reader into China's intimate "gardens of pleasure." Over one hundred of the most beautiful masterpieces from this golden age - many never before published - reveal the voluptuous secrets of a lost world. An essay by Jaques Pimpaneau traces the development of Chinese eroticism in its cultural context, emphasizing the influence of religions and historical events on sexual practices. Commentaries by Ferdinand Bertholet explain the cultural symbolism of the paintings. Beautifully ornamented with poems contemporary with the paintings, this is a collector's volume and a tribute to the unknown masters of Chinese erotic art.
Category: Art

The Culture Of Pleasure

Author : William Haig Miller
ISBN : PRNC:32101047165897
Genre : Happiness
File Size : 36.70 MB
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Category: Happiness

Pleasures Of The Garden

Author : Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
ISBN : UOM:39015043126922
Genre : Gardens
File Size : 58.82 MB
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Category: Gardens

The Pursuit Of Paradise

Author : Jane Brown
ISBN : STANFORD:36105024854874
Genre : Gardening
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Full of fascinating characters and vignettes - from ancient Greeks to suffragettes, from eccentric military men to Catholics in hiding from persecution - this text looks into how society's changes have altered our views of gardening, who does it, and how we do it. What drives people to risk their lives in search of a rare Himalayan flower? Why are so many gardeners homosexual? How did gardening become a respectable career for women? When did looking at other people's gardens become a national British pastime?
Category: Gardening

House Garden

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ISBN : UVA:X001268210
Genre : Architecture, Domestic
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Category: Architecture, Domestic

The Classical Gardens Of Shanghai

Author : Shelly Bryant
ISBN : 9789888208814
Genre : Architecture
File Size : 66.18 MB
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In The Classical Gardens of Shanghai, Shelly Bryant looks at five of Shanghai’s remaining classical gardens through their origins, changing fortunes, restorations, and links to a wider Chinese aesthetic. Shanghai’s classical gardens are as much text as space; they exist in art, poetry, and literature as much as in stone, rock, and earth. But these gardens have not remained static entities. Rather, they have been remodelled constantly since their inception. This book reflects this process within the constancy of traditional Chinese horticulture and reveals Shanghai’s remaining classical gardens as places representing wealth and social status, social and dynastic shifts, through falling family fortunes and political revolutions to search for a recovery of China’s ancient culture in the modern day. “Like a classical Chinese garden, this admirable and beautifully balanced book conjures up wider landscapes from within a small compass. It can be savoured on many levels: poetic and aesthetic no less than scholarly and intellectual. It is the next best thing to being guided through such gardens by Shelly Bryant herself.” —Lynn Pan, author of When True Love Came to China and Shanghai Style
Category: Architecture

Ideas Of Chinese Gardens

Author : Bianca Maria Rinaldi
ISBN : 9780812247633
Genre : Architecture
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An annotated collection of essential texts written by European observers from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries, Ideas of Chinese Gardens chronicles the evolution of Western perceptions of gardens of China, from curiosity to admiration and ultimately to rejection, echoing the changes in European attitudes toward China.
Category: Architecture

The Chinese Garden As Lyric Enclave

Author : Chi Xiao
ISBN : UVA:X004569282
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Charts the fate of Chinese lyricism in late imperial China
Category: Literary Criticism

Treasures Of China

Author : Annette L. Juliano
ISBN : UOM:39015042584360
Genre : Art
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Shows historic walls, gates, tombs, temples, palaces, gardens, paintings, and precious artifacts in China
Category: Art

Pleasure Pavilions And Follies In The Gardens Of The Ancien R Gime

Author : Bernd H. Dams
ISBN : UOM:39015038435007
Genre : Architecture
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Many of these buildings have been destroyed or severely altered and the only records that survive are the drawings, engravings, architectural plans, and, more rarely, paintings of the period.
Category: Architecture

The Treasures And Pleasures Of China

Author : Ronald L. Krannich
ISBN : 1570230773
Genre : Travel
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It's big and it's exciting. Welcome to one of the world's grandest theatres, a place where the stage, scenery, and parts seem to always change. Today's New China defies old stereotypes as it rushes into the 21st Century with the world's largest population intent on regaining their place in history as the world's economic and political powerhouse. Here's the book that takes you into the best of the best of shopping and travel in several of China's major destinations: Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Chongqing, the Yangtze River, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. Explores everything from upscale hotel shopping arcades and 'Mao's Malls' to traditional markets and ubiquitous Friendship Stores, as well as includes the best in accommodations, restaurants, sightseeing, and entertainment. Shares essential 'how-to' information and advice on how to avoid becoming the object of someone's enterprising 'to get rich is glorious' customer service strategy.
Category: Travel