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April 03 9:12 AM Visiting China, I went off the beaten track in Jiangsu region.
.The garden was located in the outskirts of the city. Here, once
again history was alive, the old Ming Period styled houses occupied by
modern day people. The tall doors leading into the courtyards were reminiscent of times gone by.
No one could imagine 600 years had passed since the former residence of a wealthy landowner was built.
Yet, here we stood, stunned, intrigued by what we saw. A lake had
been placed in the midst, its water filled with Lotus, giving the whole scenery a colorful image.
Pavillions strewed along the lake, on long summer evenings
the Da Ren was known to walk his favorite wive and servants here, resting where we stand now, 600 years later.
The former Da Ren was a man of great social standing, judging
from the dimensions of the site.
Only persons with immense wealth could afford such luxury, or the Emperor.
During the Long March, Mao Dze Dong Chairman Mao personally visited the area.
Amazing the old courtyards, in which one can get lost, facades built
from pinewood, the finest carvings, chairs made of rosewood.
A feeling of Nostalgia overcomes one, wandering along the trails, the alleys. Our thoughts go back
hundreds of years, not being able to contemplate the wonders we encountered here.
Fountains in the middle of the courtyard, man-made open water ducts leading to kitchen and bathhouse.
We sigh upon our wandering of spirits, we are lost in a forgotten
time. It takes a full 4 hours to stroll along the lake, and when we leave,
we take our memories with us. Getting back to reality is hard, leaving such a tranquil oasis of peace even more.
It is getting late, and we have to reach back to town, few miles away from where we stand.
Another time, we’ll visit again.