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Lingnan Gardens

The term "Lingnan Gardens" refers to the garden culture of the entire Lingnan region which includes Guangzhou, Shunde, Foshan and Zhaoqing. The region is endowed with a unique climate, and is a school of its own in terms of language, theatre, music, painting and arts and crafts. The Lingnan gardens are unique as well.

The natural characters of a garden are emphasized in the Lingnan school of Chinese garden Culture. Mountains, springs, lakes and islands are put to best use in the construction of gardens that look fresh and lively and wide open and that always attract visitors with an unadorned beauty. The layout of a garden is mapped out strict according to a well-defined concept. Instead of deep courtyards and zigzagging paths, Lingnan gardens are as a rule straightforward and open for all to see.

Buildings are erected at carefully chosen sites, and their designs are succinct and simple and in cheerful colors. Graceful and fluent are the words for the style of Lingnan, which are neither as splendid as northern gardens and nor as delicate and elegant as gardens in the lower Yangtze valley.

The Lingnan garden style is represented by the four framed Qing-dynasty gardens in Guangdong - the Yuying Mountain House in Fanyu of Guangzhou, the Keyuan Garden in Dongguan, the Liangyuan Garden in Foshan, and the Qinghuiyuan Garden in Shunde. In addition, the Chengs' Ancestral Temple figures prominently as a typical ancient mansion-type garden.

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