Sunday, 9 December 2012

A Garden of a 100 Views

Unbelievably there have been ONE HUNDRED weeks of Sunday Stamps, how did that time go so fast.  We have almost been through the seasons twice so in celebration here is the passing of years in the stamps showing the
Quxi Tower in the Spring
Li Yuan Gardens of Suzhou, which are designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city of Suzhou is most famous for two things, its many canals and the gardens.  The gardens history can be traced back to the 6th Century BC but the real growth was from the 11th to 19th Century and the city's rise to  prosperity from the 16th to 18th century resulted in as many as 200 gardens being created.  The plum blossom festival in February and early March is considered one of the most beautiful times to visit.

This is the largest of the gardens covering about 6 or 10 acres (depending which description you read) and was first commissioned in 1593 during the Ming Dynasty but when it was bought by Liu Su in 1798 he added many elements of trees, bamboo groves, stones  and rock constructions.  For this reason the garden acquired a nickname of the Lingering Gardens, Liu Yuan -  a play on Liu Su's name.
Yuancui Pavilion in the Summer
Chinese gardens like this are known for their delicate design of hills, ponds, terraces, towers and represent a microcosm of the world, a landscape in miniature. The gardens of Suzhou have been called an earthly paradise.
Hanbi Shanfung in the Autumn
 The Lingering Gardens have the most building of all the gardens in Suzhou and the western area is considered most beautiful in autumn with the artificial hills covered with maple trees which shade the pavilions in summer and turn a rosy red in autumn.
Guanyun Peak in the Winter
It rarely snows in Suzhou and its winters tend to the damp but the stamp designer shows it under snow which always makes a winter garden's structure look beautiful. The town is famous for making a winter wine of osmanthus which sells out quickly in December so even if it does not snow perhaps you can listen to the rain dripping on the leaves while sipping your glass in the pavilion.

The designer of this set of stamps is Sun Chusnzhe who was born in 1915  and has created 150 sets of stamps, his first issued in 1947  so an appropriate record breaker for number 100 of Sunday Stamps.    

An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps celebration of reaching 100



Lisa B said...

The gardens sound and look lovely, the stamp designs and colours are really beautiful.

Helen said...

What a nice set of stamps. Lovely designs.

Bob Scotney said...

Joy, you could not have picked a better set to celebrate 100. This is a week where every stamp posted so far is one I have not seen before.

viridian said...

Those rocks used in the gardens look very unusual. Speaking as a geologist here.
What a beautiful. Place this must be. A great set of stamps for today.
Thank you for joining in for so many weeks.

agi said...

such a beautiful set, would be great to have it on a cover...nice choice :)

VioletSky said...

Such beautiful stamps. And now I want to see the real thing....

Ana said...

it is a really great way to celebrate the 100 Sunday stamps which have seen all the seasons. And yes, the stamps are just lovely!

Postcardy said...

Those are beautiful stamps. The artwork is great and I like the wide format.

♥♥ Willa @ Postage Journal ♥♥ said...

You posted a very beautiful set of stamps. Thank you for sharing.

My Sunday Stamp: Mickey Mouse

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

Absolutely perfect choice! They are really beautiful.