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the great architecture is always in the harmony with the environment.
when you walk into the forbidden city, the rows of pine trees will lead your sight straight to the next door. along the holy road, you will pass one door after another. you just cannot help being nervous. the grey walls, the red roofs, the royal yellow and the countless steps exert so strong impression on you. and standing before the grandiose temple you will understand why so many ministers bowed to their majesty at ancient time.
as for the western churchs, they always have such a high dome. on the ceiling and the walls and also on the windows there are paintings telling the christian stories. when the sun shed its light through the windows, it also shed the paintings onto the pews and the walls. at that time you can only lift up your heart to the glorious lord and ask hime to forgive your sin.
contrary to the royal garden, the chinese private gardens are more lively. among them the gardens in suzhou are the best. the designers piled up the hills and set up the zig-zag galleries to seperate and enlarge space. in every yard, the variety of trees and the rocks of various shape are the perfect match. in every corner of the wall, there plant a bunch of bamboo or flowers to make it more natural. then the houses in the garden become the ideal place for the romantic ancient to live.
I have thought the western art of garden pay more attention to the form due to the misleading of the chinese modern art of garden. now I see the excellent gardeners here try to merge the garden into the nature. and that is exactly the same as the ancient chinese art of garden.
some time before, I read a magzine in my office. I found an article introducing a house in toronto. the house was so brilliant. it had no walls. all around were glass windows and glass doors. from every room, you could get a beautiful view of the outside forest. I yelled to my collegue 'that is the house I dream of'. and guess what he said. he said ' if you move this house into china, the first day you must pack it into metal wire net, and on the second day you have to set up the wall'. what he said I cannot agree, but it really has some sense after all.
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