Ideas of Chinese Gardens: Western Accounts, 1300-1860

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Europeans may be said to have first encountered the Chinese garden in Marco Polo's narrative of his travels through the Mongol Empire and his years at the court of Kublai Khan. His account of a man-made lake abundant with fish, a verdant green hill lush with trees, raised walkways, and a plethora of beasts and birds took root in the European imagination as the description of a kind of Eden. Beginning in the sixteenth century, permanent interaction between Europe and China took form, and Jesuit missionaries and travelers ...

Ideas of Chinese Gardens: Western Accounts, 1300-1860 2015, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia

ISBN-13: 9780812247633

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