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The names of the gardens have strong cultural flavor. |
Retired officials wanted simple lives, like the official who dreamed of a trouble-free, fisherman’s lifestyle, unrestrained by the water. Thus, Fisherman's Garden was his paradise after retiring. The gardens became microcosms of a world made up only of the most basic elements of water, stones, and plants.
The owners of the gardens were unsatisfied with their positions in society, so they built their own metaphysical world in their backyards. For instance, they planted lotus in their gardens above the mud. The mud symbolized the polluted society, while they, like the flower, managed to keep themselves clean, blossoming purely above the dirt as “a true person of virtue among flowers.”
The names of the halls, the calligraphy, the carvings, and the decorations have deep literary significance.