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Meiyuan Garden

 

Meiyuan Garden shows its elegance and beauty via the old vine, old plum, unique stones. The main landscapes include Inscription Stone of Meiyuan Garden, Heart-washing spring, Mi Fu (one of Four Greatest Calligraphers in Song Dynasty, and he was crazy about Calligraphy and extremely worked hard at exercise. He had a strong personality. He deeply or madly loved the stone; for a stone, he dared to quarrel with the Emperor) Did Obeisance to Stone, Tianxintai, Zhuoliting, Qingfeng Pavilion, Xianghai, Zhaohe Pavilion, Little Luofu Mountain (which was a famous mountain in Fujian province), Kaiyuan Temple, Songhe Garden and so on. Meiyuan Garden is 7-kilometer far away from downtown. It is located in the west suburb of downtown. It directly faces Taihu Lake, and backs on Longshan Mountain. Meiyuan Garden was famous for its plum blossom. It was always the best place for plum appreciation.

Before 1949, it was the private family garden of Rong Yiren (荣毅仁, Chinese Pinyin: Róng Yìrén, 1916-2005, was the Vice-President of the People's Republic of China from 1993 to 1998 and was heavily involved with the opening of the Chinese economy to western investment. It is from this second accomplishment that he gained his nickname, "The Red Capitalist."). Currently it covers 812 mu. The plum woods covers 56 mu. There are more than 5000 plum trees and more than basin-planted plums. After 1949, the kinds and quantity of plum are both increased. In the garden there are more than 4000 plum trees and 2000 basin-planted plums, and many kinds are introduced from neighboring provinces.

 

 

 Meiyuan Garden, Wuxi, China

 

 

Meiyuan Garden, Wuxi, China

 

 

Meiyuan Garden, Wuxi, China

 

 

Meiyuan Garden, Wuxi, China

 

 

Meiyuan Garden, Wuxi, China

 

 

Meiyuan Garden, Wuxi, China

 

 

 Meiyuan Garden, Wuxi, China

 

 

 

 

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