Master of the Nets Garden
"Originally known as the Fisherman's Retreat, it was laid out under the Southern Song Dynasty, and was renamed the Master-of-Nets Garden in the reign of Qianlong under the Qing Dynasty. The outstanding feature of this small but elegant garden is that it combines living quarters with the landscape garden. The physical center is a pond surrounded by roofed walkways and pavillions, and decorated with trees, flowers and rockery. In short, there're scenes beyond scenes, and gardens within the garden. Many buildings are perfectly well-spaced instead of being crowded. A small area of water and rockery is made to seem large. Based on illusion, the garden is full of change, achieving a unity of part and whole. The Master-of-Nets Garden serves to illustrate how the few surpasses the many." - from the tourist brochure
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