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A traditional Chinese garden with pavilions and a pond

Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon

Many cities around the world have beautiful Chinese gardens. You can go visit these modern gardens to see what the gardens of Ming Dynasty China might have been like. Here 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.

Another project: write a story about the Forbidden City
More Chinese Architecture

Bibliography and further reading about ancient Chinese architecture:

Ming Dynasty History
More about Ming Dynasty Art
And more Ming Dynasty Architecture
More about Chinese Architecture
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