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Panorama of the Chinese Garden

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

On the third Saturday of the months May through August we will again be offering public guided tours of the Chinese Garden, explaining the symbolic significance of the garden within the framework of Chinese philosophy. The tours, which take about an hour, will start at 3 pm in front of the entrance to the Chinese Garden. Booking is not required.

The first guided tour this year will be on May 19. Additional tours are planned for June 16, July 21 and August 18.

Important Notice about our Contact Address

We regret to inform you that our contact address at the Gesellschaft der Freunde has been in operation only sporadically since late summer and for this reason mail directed there has not been able to reach us. For the time being please use our new contact address given in the right-hand column (and if you have directed any inquiries to us recently by way of the GdF and have not received a reply, please send your matter to us again at the new address).

The creation of the Chinese Garden, as told by the architect

Prof. Zhang's book about the Chinese Garden

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Ruhr University the German-Chinese book Qian Yuan – Chinesische Gartenkunst in Bochum by Prof. Zhang Zhenshan has come out, in which the architect of the Chinese Garten lets us partake of his thoughts while designing the Garden and up to its completion. Numerous drawings, explanations and fascinating details are complemented by stirring photographs. With great charm the book imparts well-founded insights into the art and philosophy of Chinese gardens.

Prof. Zhang's book was published by the Deutsch-Chinesische Verlagsanstalt in Düsseldorf/Mettmann under the ISBN 978-3-943343-08-3 and can be purchased there or at select bookshops in Bochum and at the Unishop at a price of 28.80 euros.

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Our flyer about the Chinese Garden and the Society (unfortunately only available in German) has been updated. You can download it below and either read it on the screen or 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.

Qian\'s garden

Become a member

Our society is now 18 years old, but it can only continue its work if we can attract new members. If you are as enchanted by the Chinese Garden as we are, please join the society and help us to preserve this place of rest and harmony and keep it in the public view.

You can download the double-sided German membership application below. After filling it out and signing it, please send it, for the time being, to: Prof. Gordon Wassermann, Plasshofstrasse 29, 44795 Bochum, Germany (new address!).


We are a recognized charity which furthers art and culture. Donations for these purposes can be deducted from taxable income for the German income tax. The bank receipt or a bank statement are acceptable proof for donations up to € 200 and for larger donations we will send you a receipt on the prescribed official form.

Donations can be made by bank transfer to the German bank account shown below (click on the picture to enlarge it).

SEPA routing numbers (click to open)

SEPA Daten (anklickbar)

Photos by:

Eberhard Koch