Bill and Sue-On Hillman:
A 50-Year Musical Odyssey
HILLMAN CHINA ADVENTURE 2017
YU GARDEN II
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Spring bamboos grow beside the cloisters. In
front of Wanhua Chamber, there are two old trees. One is a maidenhair tree
which is 21 meters tall (about 70 feet).It is said that the tree was planted
by the host of the garden 400 years ago.
The true treasure of Yuyuan is the Exquisite Jade Rock.
Located across from Yuhua Hall, it is one of the three famous rocks in
the southern region of the Yangtze River. (The other two are Duanyun Feng
in Suzhou and Zhouyun Feng in Hangzhou.) The rock is 3.3 meters (about
10.8 feet) in height and has 72 holes. What is interesting about this rock
is that if you burn a joss stick just below the rock, the smoke will magically
float out from all of the holes. Similarly, when you pour water into the
rock from top, the water will flow out from each hole creating a spectacular
sight to see.
The huge rockery is one of the largest Ming rockeries.
It recalls the Karst peaks, caves, and gorges of southern China.
Pan Yunduan was very fond of the Exquisite Jade Rock,
and he built Yuhua Hall facing the rock so it was convenient to sit in
the hall and admire it. The furnishings in the hall were made of top grade
rosewood of the Ming Dynasty, appearing both natural and graceful.
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China 2013 Adventure
II: Huge Rockery
The white walls in the garden
are topped by an undulating dragon.
It has only four claws and not
five like an imperial dragon, so as not to incur the emperor's wrath.
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Taking a break from the market
to climb to the upper level
of Dairy Queen for ice cream
Dumplings for dessert
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Bill and Sue-On Hillman