景交织,情相融 | Spring Outing to Summer Palace
On 31st March 2018, International Students Section of CFAU organized 63 foreign students from two campuses to visit Summer Palace.
At 9:30 AM, we arrived at Summer Palace by bus together. We entered the park through its eastern gate and took a cruise from Bronze Ox Dock to Marble Boat Dock. In the early days of spring, plants began to grow and present us with green scenery. As we rode in the cruise, gentle wind softly touched our faces. The lake, covered with mist, rippled. Looking into the distance, many pavilions were looming afar. The west bund, with willows and peach trees along its two sides, spans on the lake on which the 17 Arches Bridge stands. Various classical architectures are scattered on three islands in the lake as well.
We planned our own routes after getting off the cruise and I followed Simon to go to the Marble Boat. Simon explained to us the art of design of Summer Palace. The Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake formed the basic framework, and the park skillfully borrowed natural beauty to frame the whole picture. In Summer Palace, one could feel both grandeur and magnificent of Chinese royal gardens and at the same time, appreciate its natural beauty. The whole design embodied Chinese principle on building gardens, i.e., although the gardens are man-made, they present themselves as if they were created by the nature. Just as Simon said, artificial landscapes such as pavilions, the Long Corridor, palaces, temples and bridges as well as natural scenery like hills and lakes formed a harmonious entity. Summer Palace was artfully designed and was a masterpiece that epitomized traditional Chinese garden architecture.
Later on, Simon led us down a path less traveled but with great scenery. The west bund impressed us most with a grand view. We all took photos there. Simon was especially fond of the scenery there. He explained to us that the Jade Spring Hill, a couple of kilometers outside Summer Palace, and the Jade Peak Pagoda were borrowed as part of the scenery. The landscape outside Summer Palace and the hills and lakes inside the park formed an integral whole. This is a good example of the practice of“view borrowing”in Chines garden building. Trees grew along the lake that rippled, one could feel like just in the south region of China.
During this visit, I have learned that all foreign students loved and cherished this opportunity. We laughed and talked all the way and learned about extensive and profound Chinese culture while appreciated beautiful landscapes. The visit not only enriched daily lives of foreign students and broadened their horizons but also let us enjoy going out together.
At 12:30, we gathered at the eastern gate and went back to CFAU together. This spring outing was concluded successfully.
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