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        The Zengs’ Garden, also known as Xukuo Garden or Xukuo Home, is situated in the southwestern corner of the ancient city and neighbours the Zhaos’ Garden. It was originally a part of the remains of “Xiao Wang Chuan” built by Censor Qian Dai during the reign of Emperor Wan Li in the Ming Dynasty.During the reign of Emperor Tong Zhi and Guang Xu in the Qing Dynasty, Zeng Zhi, who was then the secretary of the Ministry of Justice , made it his home and named the garden as “ Xukuo Home”. The garden is also the Home of Zeng Pu, the son of Zeng Zhi and a litterateur in the late Qing Dynasty. Therefore the garden is customarily referred to as the Zengs’ Garden. The Zeng’s Garden, with water as its center, is surrounded by pavilions and rockeries, and is grown with tall bamboos and ancient trees. Everything in the Garden is suitably arranged and architectures were erected with great originality. In addition, with the Yu Hill as its background , the garden is a combination of lake and hill sceneries . At the center of the garden is a clear pond whose water originates from the city river. In the middle of the pond is the “Bu Yi Pavilion” and to the south of the pond is located “Xu Kuo Countryside Dwelling” (inscribed by Weng Tonghe), inside there is a courtyard named “ Shui Tian Xian Hua”,in front of the courtyard is grown a camphor tree and white bark pine, both which are the remains of “Xiao Wang Chuan” in the Ming Dynasty. Under the trees is erected a fenghu rock on which is carved “Miao You”. In the east is the “Gui Geng Ke Du Cottage” which is approachable through a corridor , by way of the cottage you can reach the “Qiong Yu Pavilion”. To the southwest of “Xukuo Countryside Dwelling” is grown an hosie ormosia, also remains of“Xiao Wang Chuan” in the Ming Dynasty. In the east of the pond is a rockery of yellow stone, named “Xiao You Tian” ,on the rockery is the inscription to the effect that in the year of dog during the reign of Emperor Guangxu, the stone house was built for sitting and contemplation, Zhuang Yigeng, my old friend took care of the house .Six years later, Zengzhi made the inscriptions. At the hill top was built a hexagonal pavilion,to the north of which is a small waterside pavilion. At the foot of the hill there is a rock named “ Pan Ji” on which are carved “Here Xukuozi Washed His Feet”. To the north of the hill is a square pavilion. At the east and west corners was built an enceinte, the wall of which was inset with two stone carvings ,namely “ Picture of Reading in the Manor”, “ Picture of Gentleman Miangen Returning from the Fields”,as well as over 30 stone carvings of calligraphy works authored by Li Hongzhang, Weng Tonghe and Yang Yisun. On the southwest of the pond is the “Yaoyue Pavilion” and on the northwest is the “Qingfeng Mingyue Pavilion”. In 1995, the garden was renovated according to its original appearance and was laid with a path around the pond, with trees like plum, peach, willow, laurel and bamboo grown everywhere. The garden, which shaded by lush trees, is a perfect mixture of city and hill landscapes and is a famous place for resort in the Yi County.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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