It’s been a couple years since I last visited the Chinese Garden. Out of town guests prompted me to renew my membership. As is my usual custom, we did the tour (I always learn something new) and sipped tea in the tea room.
I’ve always appreciated the carved panels. Previous guides have mentioned that each of the four represented historic philosophers’ gardens in China.
This guide pointed out that this panel showed the garden that the design of Lan Su was mostly based upon, noting the tea room (top), pagoda, and zigzag bridge. And here is the bridge in the garden.
Previously I’d heard the lore that the zigzag made it more difficult for evil spirits to cross; this time the explanation was more mundane. It delayed passage, slowing people down, giving the experience of a larger garden. For a real philosopher’s garden would also be a small space in a busy city, made to look/represent large. As in the “mountain” and waterfall.
Sometimes the idea is all that is needed.
Then to the tea room.
This time we were seated upstairs where we got an overview of the garden.
Each kind of tea has its own kind of pot and cup. I especially liked this delicate flowerlike cup for the Black tea with rose petals (timely because of the rose parade).
Here is the Lan Su float for the rose parade.
Yes, I was a wimp and viewed from inside on a chair! But floats were on the street later for close-up looks.
I have more float photos; maybe another day.