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Monday, February 10, 2014

THE MASTERPIECE OF FENGSHUI - A MASTERPIECE OF THE TAOIST CHINESE ART OF FENG SHUI: THE HOUSE AND THE GARDEN OF THE MASTER OF THE NETS IN SUZHOU.

The House and the Garden of the Masters of the Net in Suzhou is among the finest gardens in China and it is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Why The House and the Garden of the Master of the Nets in Suzhou is so famous?

The House and the Garden of the Master of the Nets is no doubt the most amazing house in Suzhou.
The House and the Garden of the Master of the Nets is
no doubt the most amazing house in Suzhou.

Suzhou is a beautiful town situated around two hours away from Shanghai and it is particularly famous for its canal, so to be called "The Venice of Asia" (please read our dedicated post for more info about Suzhou)

The House and the Garden of the Master of the Nets is probably the most know building in Suzhou.

The House and the Garden of the Masters of the Net in Suzhou is among the finest gardens in China and it is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The House and the Garden of the Master of the Nets was first constructed in 1140 by Shi Zhengzhi the Deputy Civil Service Minster of the Southern Song Dynasty government.

Shi Zhengzhi was inspired by the simple and solitary life of a Chinese fisherman depicted in philosophical writings. After his death the garden passed through numerous ownership and subsequently fell into disarray until around 1785 when it was restored by Song Zongyuan, a retired government official of the Qing Dynasty.

The wonderful pond, heart of the house, is certainly the most amazing feature with the beautiful pagodas all around and the typical Chinese lake-rocks.

It is the strong connection between the different rooms and the gardens of the house that give to the place its magic atmosphere.


Shi Zhengzhi was inspired by the simple and solitary life of a Chinese fisherman
depicted in philosophical writings.


 What is to see in The House and the Garden of the Master of the Nets ?

The House and the Garden of the Master of the Nets is particularly regarded among garden connoisseurs for its mastering the techniques of relative dimension, contrast, foil, sequence and depth, and borrowed scenery.

Built more than eight centuries ago this place is a place of inspiration, poetry and meditation through the centuries.

Built more than eight centuries ago this place is a place of inspiration,
poetry and meditation through the centuries.
The beautiful and elegant dark mahogany furniture expresses good taste and richness, maybe luxury. But it is first of all a richness of the soul.

From the huge library, the Room of the Thousand Volumes, to the Peonies Room looking through a moon shaped door the pond, all feel so inspiring that is easy to imagine (as the story goes) the owner of the house sitting with its friends to have rest and distraction from the daily obligations.

The tall, stelae-shaped, holed, lake-stones are beautiful representations of the mountain in the Chinese traditional iconography.

The stelae-shaped lake-stones are there to let the human spirit freely wonder above the clouds to find the true and inspiration.

No wonder, as late as the 1930, two brothers artists lived in The House and the Garden of the Master of the Net for five years to make the garden the subject of their paintings.

A tiger cub kept in the garden by the two brothers is portaited in many of the beautiful paintings they made and are still be exhibited today in the house.

What is amazing in the House and the Garden of the Master of the Nets are the details. Everything here, from the windows inlays to the design of the elegant furniture, is elegant, artistic and inspiring.
All in The House and the Garden of the Master of the Nets provide inspiration
 for the noblest actions, words, music and paintings.

All in The House and the Garden of the Master of the Nets provide inspiration for the noblest actions, words, music and paintings.

I think I would be right if I say that The House and the Garden of the Master of the Nets  is one of the few fonts of fantasy and inspiration left in Suzhou.



Are you planning to travel to China?


Read my page My China Project where you can find the list of all of my posts and the destinations covered in this blog in China.

Read also the page Visit China and the page What to know before to travel to China.








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