A Paradise Lost: The Imperial Garden Yuanming Yuan (Google eBook)

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University of Hawaii Press, 2001 - Architecture - 226 pages
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"Wong begins by inspecting the garden's physical appearance and its architectural elements. He discusses the origin and evolution of these structures and the aesthetics of their design and arrangement. Throughout he refers to maps and original models of individual buildings and other existing gardens of the Ming-Qing period, including the well-preserved Yihe Yuan and the Chengde Summer Mountain Retreat in Rehe. A special feature of the book is its exploration of the activities and daily life of the royal household."--BOOK JACKET.
  

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Contents

Provenance
9
Disposition
24
Expansion
51
History
71
Rise
73
Structure and Function
101
Royal Daily Life
118
The Sacking
133
Repairs and the Final Blows
161
The Yuanming Yuan Ruins Park
188
Notes
195
Glossary
201
References
211
Index
221
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Wong is professor of history at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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