Photographer's Note

The Xuyuan Garden in Nanjing covers an area of little more than four acres and it occupies a most important place in Chinese history. Built during the Ming Dynasty, it derives its name from a prince, Zhu Gaoxu, who once lived here.

When peasant groups of Taiping rebelled against the Qing government in 1853, they established their Taiping Heavenly Kingdom here. Later in the early 20th century, the garden served as the presidential mansion of Sun Yat-sen.

This garden is the epitome of the modern history of China and it is definitely worth a visit, not only because of its beauty but also for its historical significance. The architecture exhibits a unique beauty and charm and is by far, the most exquisite traditional garden that I have yet seen in China.

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