POI 7: Chinese Garden

 

A small foreign world on the campus of the Ruhr University: The Chinese Garden was built according to the principles of south Chinese house gardens at the end of the eighties. It was a present from the Tongji University in Shanghai. The garden was named “Qian Yuan” after the poet Tao Qian, whose famous story of the “Peach Blossom Spring” deals with an ideal society living in balance with nature.

The materials needed for the construction of the Chinese Garden were manufactured in China, transported to Germany via sea route, and assembled according to the instructions of Chinese experts. The rock formations alone add up to a weight of 600 tons. Following an extensive restoration, the Garden re-opened in 2001.

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