Master of the Net Garden

Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
Trip End Jun 24, 2007

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

On Monday night most in the group are tired so I head to the Garden of the Master of the Net by myself. It is about a 10-minute walk.
Chinese gardens for the uninitiated look nothing like a garden in the West as there is more of an emphasis on rocks. Small pavilions will be scattered through a garden and these buildings are built with the idea of being harmonious with nature, and they must have windows that offer views of the garden. The goal is to make the view appear as if you are looking at a beautifully framed painting.
Master of the Net is packed with tour groups from India and Europe. Even though the garden has lights, a second drawback is that you don't see the full splendor of the garden because it is not fully lit as if it were day. Nighttime casts interesting shadows turning the garden into a maze so Master of the Net feels much bigger than it actually is.  This garden was originally designed during the Song Dynasty in the 12th century and then rebuilt by a Qing Dynasty official in the 18th century. I am thinking I need to come back in the day so I can enjoy the full beauty and take better photos and video.
But I go at night because I want to hear the live traditional Chinese music performances. As you tour the garden, six different spots have performers playing instruments such as the piba and erhu. (Both are stringed.) The music adds to the tranquility and beauty of the garden so I am not disappointed.
Leaving the garden or maze is tricky, but with the help of some Chinese students we figure out where the exit is. They are excited to talk to an American because one of them is headed for New York University in the fall. It is going to be expensive for her, but she has received a scholarship, too. They are surprised when I tell them college is also expensive for Americans, especially a private university like NYU (which most students could not afford).
I hook back up with the group for a late-night supper at the Italian Pasta Restaurant. (Marco Polo would be smiling.) My spaghetti and meat sauce taste similar to what you would eat at an Olive Garden so it's not great, but not bad either.

And tonight there is an extra bonus as the AC has been turned on. It does the trick removing much of the humidity from my bedroom allowing me to sleep better.

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janquintero on

It sounds
This garden soungs espectacular Mr. O'Brien. Wow!

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