The Attractions

The cage-changing goose Portrayed by calligraphy Master Wang Hsi-chih (New window)  

The cage-changing goose Portrayed by calligraphy Master Wang Hsi-chih

Theme taken from fascinating trivia about the life of the East Chin Dynasty calligraphy Master Wang Hsi-chih. Master Wang was a lover of geese, and had exchanged his own calligraphy instruments for a goose in the cage from a Taoist priest, clearly demonstrating his carefree literati personality.
 
Pine Wind Pavilion (New window)  

Pine Wind Pavilion

This is a two-storied pavilion, whose wooden pillars are carved with dragons and phoenixes. When one climbs to the top of the stone steps, one would be able to overlook all of the lovely rock and water landscape of the Garden. The zither desk and long candleholders further recall scenes of old to one's mind.
 
Dragon Pond (New window)  

Dragon Pond

The intertwining dragons in the pond symbolize the omnipotence and magical benevolence of the Dragon. The mandarin ducks playing in the pond and the freely swimming fish bring a scene of great harmony.
 
Front Gate of the Zhishan Garden (New window)  

Front Gate of the Zhishan Garden

The gate is made of spruce trees from mountains over 1500 meters high, and the eaves are decorated with decorative hollowed out wooden hand-carvings of plum, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum blossoms and the image of Zhishan Garden. The drum-embracing lions before the gate are made of stone.
     
The Orchid Pavilion (New window)  

The Orchid Pavilion

In 9th year of Yongho (AD353) during the East Chin Dynasty, famous literati including Masters Wang Hsi-chih and Hsieh An had composed poetry while drinking wine, and had composed the "Preface to the Poems Composed at the Orchid Pavilion". There are round tables and chairs in the Orchid Pavilion, and bronze sparrow lanterns in the Han style, where admiring visitors can take a rest.
     
Winding Canal (New window)  

Winding Canal

Sharing drinks by passing cups over winding waters is a very interesting activity frequently engaged in by the ancient literati. The canal by the rocks flows in just the right speed for visitors to place tiny cups and enjoy the ancient's pastime of drinking together.
     
West Bridge Pavilion (New window)  

West Bridge Pavilion

Taken from the poetic line from Wu Chu of Southern Sung Dynasty: "The willows by the bridge drifts into the green stream". The spacious Pavilion is built by the water, and a bridge with six bends connect the Pavilion with the opposite shore, creating a lovely hideaway.
     
Brush Washing Pond (New window)  

Brush Washing Pond

It is said that Chang Chi of the Eastern Han Dynasty had written by a pond and then washed his brushes in the pond, turning the water black. This Pond is named for this story. The pond waters spread before one like a clear mirror and one suddenly feels completely refreshed.