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Award-winning photos capture Suzhou gardens

  
Via:  Buzz of the Orient  •  11 months ago  •  11 comments

By:   By Yang Xiaoyu

Award-winning photos capture Suzhou gardens
 

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Award-winning photos capture Suzhou gardens

From March 20 to 31, a photography competition called  The Masters’ Gardens of Suzhou For Everyone Everywhere  took Chinese social media by storm.

Within the 12 days, topics related to the event on social media platforms Weibo and Xiaohongshu garnered more than eight million views, according to contest organizer Suzhou Administrative Bureau of Garden and Landscaping.

A total of 1,874 entries from more than 200 participants were submitted.

72 photographic works showing the architecture, plants and rockeries of Suzhou classical gardens from different seasons and times of day, made the cut and are being featured at an exhibit at the Phoenix Center in Beijing, which kicked off on April 13.

In Mandarin,  dajia  can refer to both “master” and “everyone”. “The masters” in the theme refer to Suzhou garden owners who were historically high officials, business tycoons and artists. They also refer to the ingenious craftsmen who designed and built those gardens and the literati who penned and painted about them, said Cao Guangshu, director of the bureau.

After generations of inheritance and protection, Suzhou gardens are now no longer private residences but open to the public, belonging to  dajia , everyone in the world, he added.

Let’s see the 10 best works from the contest.

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A Bamboo Grove at Mountain Villa with Embracing Beauty  by An Yu. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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Ou Yuan , or  Couple’s Retreat Garden  by Xiao Junwei. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn

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Lingering Garden  by Yang Xiaofeng. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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Humble Administrator's Garden at Sunset  by Meng Jianfu. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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Master of the Nets Garden  by Xu Yuan. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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The Night view of Master of the Nets Garden  by Zhang Peiran. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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An Ancient Tree at Humble Administrator's Garden  by Cai Chen. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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Humble Administrator's Garden  by Xu Jiapeng. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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Traces of Time  by Di Kexin. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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Golden Maple Leaves at Humble Administrator's Garden  by Ding Jia. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn


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Buzz of the Orient
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1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    11 months ago

Both I and another NT member took photos in Suzhou, which is not too far from Shanghai.  His photos of the gardens are much better than mine and I invite him to post some of his here as a comment.  I will be posting some photos I took in Suzhou while on a night cruise of the canals, but right now I'm going to prepare and eat my dinner. 

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
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2  Bob Nelson    11 months ago

Nice

I like different framings, so several of these are pretty cool.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Bob Nelson @2    11 months ago

These are prize-winning photos, so they're pretty cool on that account alone, but they had the advantage of beautiful things to photograph.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    11 months ago

Dinner's done, dishes are washed, so now I can post some of my photos.  We travelled to Suzhou and Shanghai more than a decade ago.  Although when in Suzhou we toured the Humble Administrator's Garden, seen in some of the photos above, we also took a night cruise through the canals.  I believe that Suzhou has been called the Venice of China.  Here are some of my night cruise photos:

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Bob Nelson
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4  Bob Nelson    11 months ago

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Buzz of the Orient
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4.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Bob Nelson @4    11 months ago

Thank you Bob, and Snuffy for the vote up.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.1.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.1    11 months ago

And you too, GG.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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5  Gsquared    11 months ago

Some of my photos from The Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou

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Buzz of the Orient
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5.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @5    11 months ago

Beautiful.  Thank you.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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5.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1    11 months ago

Thank you!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.1.2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Gsquared @5.1.1    11 months ago

“Il n’y a pas de quoi ”

 
 

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