MIrrored View in Classical Gardens

The Unesco Listed World Heritage Suzhou Gardens were composed and built to harmonize human beings and nature. 

The construction principles are complex yet essentially functional: a harmonious mix of rock and stone, water and nature, to create a living space that was at once poetic, meditative and inspirational.

Mirrored views were one principle which created a sense of space, an illusion and illumination, a carefully constructed view to create harmonious aspects.

So naturally placed, so carefully constructed to take full advantage of sunlight, the mirrored view seems like looking through a window.

But it’s a mirror, on the Fragrant Isle.

Mirrored views, also termed borrowed views, aslo placed carefully selected rocks in positions to create an illusion of famous mountains.This rock sculpture is placed before a mirror reflecting back more rock sculptures, the stones speaking to each other in reflected grace.

Sunlight and shadow, mirroring a sculpted window.

an engraved poem, a mirror,a geometric space of beauty.

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The Suzhou Classical Gardens – a mirror into another time.


Author: Debbie

immersed in the ancient culture of china, and its constantly changing facades.... a traveller through time and space landing in suzhou of the 21st century.... australian by birth, traveller by nature, mother of a beautiful ten-year-old

7 thoughts on “MIrrored View in Classical Gardens”

      1. All is well. I’m busy, working. But what I like about places like China is that they have such great history, and culture. Here, we have culture, but no ancient buildings.


  1. Borrowed views – stones speaking to each other — a mirror into another time. Lovely! I’m sure the beautiful photos barely do justice to the place itself – at least mine never do. I’m grateful you added them to your wonderful descriptions – I feel peaceful just gazing at the photos. Great post.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
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    1. thanks Madelyn. i guess that was the aim of the construction of the Gardens –
      to create harmony and peace. It worked.
      The Gardens honestly are a photographers dream, as they were constructed to be incredibly elegant from any angle.
      I must do more posts about them. thanks for dropping by 🙂

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      1. Believe it or not, those were the principles upon which Manhattan’s Central Park was built (Prospect Park in Brooklyn does it even better – every turn of the path and you have an entirely different perspective.)

        New York would barely be livable but for the visionaries that created mid-city oases. I wonder what would have happened today. Trump would have skyscrapers hailing his name dotting the entire landscape, no doubt.



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