Visit Chinese Gardens - Ancient China Project
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Visit Chinese Gardens

Many cities around the world have beautiful Chinese gardens that you can go visit to see what the gardens of Ming Dynasty China might have been like. This is a list of some of these gardens:

If you go, look carefully at the garden. What is different from the usual parks where you live? What is the same? See if you can find out how the garden is laid out in accordance with Taoist ideas about yin and yang.

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Bibliography and further reading about ancient Chinese architecture:

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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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