Gardens and landscapes of China

10 April 2018 to 25 April 2018
From £3,480
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China has a tradition of garden-making and landscape appreciation considerably older than that in the west. The journey will introduce the historical and stylistic development of different types of garden in China, particularly imperial, scholarly and merchant gardens, setting them in the context of the appreciation of landscape in the Chinese tradition. There will also be several visits to some of China’s most inspiring landscapes. Dr Alison Hardie is a leading expert on Chinese garden history, and a cultural historian of lateimperial China. She will interpret the historical, social and stylistic features of Chinese gardens, offering a deeper insight into the Chinese people and Chinese culture.


  • Learn more of the Imperial Gardens in Beijing
  • Visit the sacred mountain of Hungshan – an inspiration for landscape painting and garden design
  • Learn more of ‘scholar’ gardens of Suzhou and the context of the culture which inspired them
  • View some of China’s greatest art in Shanghai’s wonderful museums
  • Visit the intimate and classical Qing gardens, symbolic of pavilions, terraces, halls, bridges, lakes and hills

Trip scholar

Dr Alison Hardie (Somerville, 1972), retired Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies, University of Leeds

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