The Humble Administrator's Garden
The classical Chinese garden is a complex, nuanced thing. In the pavilions, rocker-
ies, fish pools, delicate blossoms and gnarled trees and shrubs are expressions of
Chinese poetry, philosophy and art - each garden is supposed to be a microcosm of
the world. The pine trees, for instance, symbolise long life, the goldfish money, the
peony blooms nobility. Rocks and ponds always feature prominently - and no won-
der. After all, the Chinese word for landscape is shanshui - literally, mountain water.