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.
In the summer months this year we will again be offering public guided tours through the Chinese Garden, explaining the symbolic significance of the garden within the framework of Chinese philosophy. These tours, lasting about an hour, start at 3 pm on the third Saturday of each month from May through August.
The first tour this year on May 21 will be led by Ursula Closset and Prof. Gordon Wassermann. Additional tours are planned for June 18 (Dr and Mrs Fröhlich), July 16 (Closset and Kunzmann/Halver) and August 20 (Dr Fröhlich, Dr Kampmann).
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.