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Humble Administrator's Garden

 During the reign of Emperor Zhengde in the Ming Dynasty (1506 A.D.), the Assistant Prime Minister Wang Xianchen returned to his hometown and built the garden after he resigned from office.

He named the garden of the Humble Administrator to indicate that he was humble in officials. The name of the garden expressed his complicated feeling that he did not do well in the court. This is an alternative for him to better himself. Although the Garden has weathered through wind and storm for hundreds of years and has become the possession of numerous people, its style of the Ming Dynasty has remained.

Nowadays the Garden of the Humble Administrator ranks first among the four classical gardens in Suzhou.

Humble Administrator's Garden

 During the reign of Emperor Zhengde in the Ming Dynasty (1506 A.D.), the Assistant Prime Minister Wang Xianchen returned to his hometown and built the garden after he resigned from office.

He named the garden of the Humble Administrator to indicate that he was humble in officials. The name of the garden expressed his complicated feeling that he did not do well in the court. This is an alternative for him to better himself. Although the Garden has weathered through wind and storm for hundreds of years and has become the possession of numerous people, its style of the Ming Dynasty has remained.

Nowadays the Garden of the Humble Administrator ranks first among the four classical gardens in Suzhou.

comments (17)

  • Ginnie
  • back in Amsterdam
  • 23 Jun 2008, 01:57
It may express his "humility," Aussie, but it sure feels Zen to me!
  • FLOOG
  • Dreaming of an escape
  • 23 Jun 2008, 05:49
What a beautiful place. A lovely photograph, and a place I'd love to visit.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Jun 2008, 06:36
Normally I don't repeat what others say, Zen to me too, I would love to sit on one of the steps an start daydreaming.
Beautiful capture.
Mmm can't wait until I build minewink
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 23 Jun 2008, 08:43
Agree with Ginnie. Zen!!
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 23 Jun 2008, 09:08
Wandering Alan would approve of this image, Aussie. He posts many in this vein.
Superb composition Aussie. I really like the peaceful feel in it!
Are you taking us in?
  • vintage
  • Australia on sick leave
  • 23 Jun 2008, 13:00
wonderful photo of a peacful place
My garden is pretty humble too. It ranks among the classical gardens of Droitwich. It too has weathered through wind and storm...and does it look a messtongue

Lovely picture Aussie
Very nice angle. Asian gardens are so appealing in their 'all elements' approach. I just love to read descriptions that make the viewer re-look at an image and bring it to life.
Great composition, Aussie.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 23 Jun 2008, 17:44
Interesting bit of history and a lovely shot!
Nice framing, it makes us want to cross the bridge to see what's beyond. smile
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 23 Jun 2008, 21:47
my other half just said thats good so it must begrin, superb light with the wonderful scene, well done Aussie.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Jun 2008, 22:00
A very romantic spot in this beautiful garden.
Nicely taken picture of this old bridge Aussie, it seems to be in a very pleasant setting.

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