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The Emperor's Private Paradise
Author: Nancy Berliner

ISBN: 9780300163896
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 9 November 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 31.2 x 24.8 x 2.721
Description:
For centuries, China's Forbidden City has captured the world's imagination. Parts of the Forbidden City have been open to the public since 1925, and nearly 8 million tourists flock there annually. Yet the elegant, intimate Qianlong Garden - itself within a 'mini-Forbidden City' inside the Forbidden City - has remained sequestered from public view.

Dating from the eighteenth century, the Qianlong Garden was built as a retirement retreat for its namesake emperor, a visionary patron of the arts who designed his garden to reflect a perfect union of art, architecture, and nature. Now undergoing restoration as a result of a ground breaking international collaboration, it is intended to be fully open to visitors in 2019. Well in advance of this opening date, The Emperor's Private Paradise gives an in-depth analysis of the garden - the most refined and elegant of imperial Chinese gardens, and containing some of the most extravagant imperial interiors still existing.

This volume also interprets the many artworks commissioned for the garden by the emperor as expressions of ancient cultural value...

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