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Suzhou classical garden

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The shortest distance between point A and point B is a straight line. Well, maybe this bridge wasn’t created with that in mind, because it was created with twists and turns, a zigzag pattern. That is a part of the culture of the Suzhou classical gardens. And also, if you think about the paths. They are all the same. Also, the windows also partially hidden. Everything is hidden, obscure, or veiled.
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Gardens typically had meandering, almost maze-like arrangement of walkways, to create a feeling of great size and unexpected surprises. The rooms facing the garden would contain a window placed to frame a specific view, like a photograph. You’d never expect how different each photo was.

Sort of looks like abstract art. This window right here and its strange use of space, even in the Ming Dynasty. And it’s also said that with every step, a whole different view and that’s because each window is unique, only one of each kind in the garden. And of course, if you look outside, you see a difference face of the garden. The doors are different as well.

The windows were highly ornate and the square framed windows are decorated with elegant latticework in abstract geometric designs or patterns evoking the foliage of plants and flowers or animals. Each one is unique and, in Suzhou’s oldest Pavilion of Calm Waves, there are a total of 108 different windows.
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The windows weren’t the only objects that set a tone of mystery, the twisting pathways allowed a visitor to explore their way in the garden. Just when you thought there was no more, behind the blocked wall was a whole new building or hallway. Even the doorframes are like the windows in their different structures, providing a different panorama. Behind the doors as well, the design is carefully planned to reflect some deeper meaning.
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This is a pretty deceiving room. From the outside, it seems like one room, but stepping inside you find two rooms, and the rooms are divided by this decorated door here. And that board over there. The tiles on this side are small and the tiles on that side are big. That’s one of the differences for the rooms for greeting men and the rooms for greeting women. Do you see that beam up there? That side is designed very ornately and it’s almost a square rectangular shape, and that side, the beam is very simple and round. This is a pretty interesting difference. The men’s side windows are large and very square with nice flowers. For women, the windows are octangular and no nice flowers, just horizontal and vertical bars. What does this reflect? It reflects the different social status’ for men and women back in the old day. Men were more important, first class citizens. Women were neglected. It shows the progress women have made in recent years.
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