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Book cover of Famous Chinese Gardens (Centenary Edition), with a garden with large sculptural archways. Published by Tongji University Press.

Famous Chinese Gardens (Centenary Edition)

By (author) Chen Congzhou


  • Explores the styles and characteristics of classical gardens throughout China
  • Essays are characterized by an urbane and graceful narrative style, lyric expression, and beautiful pictures
  • The English version is ably translated from the Chinese while preserving the original meaning

Full Description

Chinese gardens distinguish themselves from other gardens in the world by successfully integrating architecture, painting, calligraphy, and literature with garden design. Each classical Chinese garden has its own unique style. This book explores the design and characteristics of some of the most famous classical gardens in China through a wealth of photographs and matching verses.

Text in English and Chinese.

About the Author

Chen Congzhou (1918-2000), Professor of Architecture at Tongji University, Shanghai, was the leading Chinese garden historian of his generation, and also a practicing landscape architect involved in the restoration of historic gardens. He served as an advisor to I. M. Pei & Associates and was made an honorary member of the Japanese Garden Society. He is widely referenced and quoted by specialists on Chinese gardens, and is considered one of the most preeminent thinkers and scholars in this field.

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Tongji University Press
21st Dec 2022
Paperback / softback
USA & Canada
7.4 in x 10.24 in
152 Pages
160 b&w
Name of series
CHEN Congzhou - Chinese Classical Gardens and Residences
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