A special treasure within the Botanical Garden is the Chinese Garden Qian Yuan, a classical southern Chinese scholar's garden donated to the Ruhr University in 1990 by our partner university, the Tongji University of Shanghai.
When this fragile construction turned out to have suffered severe damage from our harsh climate within a few years, the Chinese Garden Society was founded in 2000 to prevent the imminent razing of the building and to collect donations for its renovation. After the Garden was reopened in October 2001 the Society remained in existence and now pursues two important goals:
- to keep an eye open for new structural damage and to organize and assist in financing necessary repairs and maintenance work in coordination and cooperation with the Botanical Garden;
- to acquaint the public with the Chinese Garden and its affairs by means of guided tours and other cultural events.
Guided Tours in 2013
This summer we will again be offering public tours through the Chinese Garden, explaining the symbolic significance of the garden within the framework of Chinese philosophy. The guided tours will take place at 3 p.m. on the third Saturday of the months May through August and take about an hour. Two guides will be present each time to keep the groups at a manageable size. The tours meet right at the entrance of the Chinese Garden (within the Botanical Garden) and it is not necessary to register or book.
The first tour on 18 May will be led by Eberhard Koch and Gordon Wassermann. Later dates will be on June 15 (Ursula Closset, Eberhard Koch), on July 20 (Ursula Closset, Gordon Wassermann) and on August 17 (Gisela and Klaus Fröhlich).
Below you can download our updated flyer about the Chinese Garden and the Society (unfortunately it is only available in German). You can read it on the screen or you can print it out double-sided on a DIN A4 sheet and fold it into thirds parallel to the shorter side to obtain the original format.