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Jichang Garden, Wuxi

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Jichang Garden is located inside Xihui Park, east side of Huishan, east side of western suburban of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China. It is close to Huishan Temple. Jichang Garden is a famed Chinese classical garden in South China, and it was claimed as a national protected location of historical and cultural relics on 13 January 1988. Xiequ Garden (谐趣园) inside the Summer Palace and Guo Ran Da Gong (廓然大公) (or, Double-Crane House 双鹤斋) in Yuanming Yuan in Beijing both imitated Jichang Garden.HistoryJichang Yuan is also called "Qin Yuan" . The site used to be two monasteries, called "Nan Yin" and "Ou Yu" . During the Zhengde era of the Ming dynasty, former director of Nanjing military department, Qin Jin, purchased monastery "Ou Yu" of Huishan Temple. Qin was a metropolitan graduate in 1493 and also the descendant of Qin Guan, a famous lyricist in the Northern Song dynasty. He expanded it on the basis of old monastery, upraising hills, excavating ponds, planting flowers and trees, building houses, and transforming it to a garden. He named it "Feng Gu Xing Wo", or literally, "Peripatetic Nest of Phoenix Valley". A lot of ancient plants grew in the garden, and there lied a hummock in hind part. This hummock was uplifted in 1445 by the governor of Jiangnan, Zhou Cheng, in order to alter the geomancy of Huishan Temple. As the garden was founded, Qin Jin wrote a poem "Move to reside in the famed mountain at late age, build an eccentric nest for myself. Winding creeks run around lonesome stones, colossal pine trees foster greenish vines. Gliding birds were seen on the hilltop, few passengers were spotted in the secluded lane. Have a dream in melodious sounds of springs, what a fortune to listen to the fairy jingle." After the death of Qin Jin, the garden was inherited by his family nephew Qin Han and his son, the treasurer of Jiangxi, Qin Liang. In the summer of 1560, Qin Han himself built another garden at the hillside of Huishan, also called "Feng Gu Shan Zhuang", or "Villa of Phoenix Valley".
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  • June 10, 2017
    If you enjoy ancient gardens, you will love the Jichang Garden located in the Huishan ancient city! The strolling gardens are replete with history, spirituality and wisdom. They are well cared for and...  more »
  • April 28, 2016
    This park had a lot of different features. There was a kids amusement park, gardens, and old palace, food, and shops. The walk up the hill to the pagoda was not long and there was a great view from th...  more »
  • April 4, 2016
    Wuxi landscape than Suzhou garden plain, Jichang garden light towers for the dragon eye, set a stunning view at the turn, but the venue for King, clever and elegant. Four hundred or five hundred years old trees against the background of the main room is broad-minded, is indeed the ancient model of high quality.
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