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Geyuan Garden  

There are bamboos in the garden. The owner of the garden loved bamboo very much and considered it as the representation of uprightness, honesty, braveness, and loyalty. The leaf of bamboo has a shape of Chinese character “Έφ”. An ancient line by poet Yuan Mu has it that “Numerous bamboo leaves in moon light present thousands of “Έφ” in the garden”. Therefore the garden is named Geyuan Garden and “Ge” is the pronunciation of character “Έφ”. The main body of the construction is a list of buildings in the north of the garden. It stands from the east to the west, harmoniously connecting two rockeries of different styles. One is characterized by the grandeur of architecture in north China and the other features grace and elegance. One of the buildings cuddles two rockworks, for which it is called Baoshan Building (“bao” and “shan” in Chinese respectively means “cuddle” and “mount”). At the foot of the building there are platforms, artificial rocks, grass, and various flowers. The plant changes their color in different seasons. There is a long corridor in the building. Strolling in the corridor and looking around, you will find the scenery of the garden is characterized by an uneven layout; components of the garden alternate with each other and they are dotted by waters, pavilions, and terraces. You will be deeply impressed by the unique layout and integral style of the garden. On the front of the building hangs a huge plaque with an inscription of four Chinese characters “Hu Tian Zi Chun”; on the both sides of it are two pillars on which there are couplets of Li Shenghe, a famous painter and calligrapher in modern times. The couplets deliver that “It is the famous ancient city close to Huaihe River and it enjoys the wonderful landscape incomparable; here is the well known garden boasting of thousands of emerald bamboos and fantastic scenery of various rockeries and lakes”. Other constructions in the garden include Yiyu Room, Sweet-scented Osmanthus Hall, Jiaqiu Pavilion, Qingyi Pavilion, and Miju Corridor, etc. Tourists can eat in halls, take a rest in pavilions, and appreciate fantastic sceneries in pavilions. Every thing in the garden is arranged orderly; especially the rockeries here add more interest and romance to the garden. They are lain out in a special way, the most obvious feature of the Garden. The rockeries all over the four seasons are really rare to see in other places of China.