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  • Zuibai Pond Garden

    Located on South People Road in the city of Songjiang, Zuibai Pond Garden with an area of 76 mus is the oldest one of the five ancient gardens in Shanghai (the other four are Yuyuan Garden, Guyi Garden, Qiuxia Pu Garden and Qushui Garden). The predecessor of the garden was Guyang Garden ----the residence of Zhu Zhichun, a jinshi (a successful candidate in the highest imperial examinations) of Songjiang in the Song Dynasty. Dong Qichang, who was the minister of the Ministry of Rites and also a famous calligrapher and painter from Songjiang, built Simian (four sides) Hall and Yi Fang (a boat-shaped building) in the garden at the end of the Ming Dynasty. During the period under reign of Kang Xi of the Qing Dynasty, it was a private villa of Gu Dashen, a famous painter who built the Zuibai Pond based on a quadrate water lily pond of 700 square meters. Embraced by pavilions and winding corridors, the garden has many historical sites such as Letian Xuan (a small room or veranda with windows) and Xuehai Hall. There are ginkgoes and camphor trees of over 300 years old and tree peonies of more than 100 years old in the garden, which is well known in the region south of the Yangtze River.

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