On Chinese Gardens

A small scale garden may be compared to a small-size room with a couple of famous paintings hung on its walls. In other words, it is a place good for doing in-position viewing. A large-scale garden, on the other hand, may be looked upon as an art exhibit boasting a large collection of works. That is to say, it is good for in-motion viewing. This accounts for the reason why gardens of the former type must be rich and implicit values that are capable of sustaining the tourists interest while those of the latter type must possess foci of special attraction in order not to make the tourists feel them dull and monotonous.

-Chen Congzhou, On Chinese Gardens

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