by Lee Wyatt
(last updated July 27, 2020)
Have you ever watched movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and just been totally blown away by the beauty and elegance of the landscapes? If so, then you have seen perhaps one of the best possible examples around of a Chinese garden. Many of the scenes in that movie were filmed in some of the most beautiful Chinese style gardens available. For example, I believe that the one of the most famous scenes of the film was filmed at the Zhishan Garden at the National Palace Museum in Taipei. The scene I am talking about is where the main characters where skipping across the water.
While it may be extremely expensive, and quite daunting, to try and have a garden of that scale it is entirely possible to have one that is smaller. In order to do this though, you will need to understand the four main elements of Chinese garden designs. Listed below are those four elements, as well as a brief description of each element. When combining each of these elements together, be sure to follow the precepts of Feng Shui in order to get the right effect.
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