A Paradise Lost

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Noted for its magnificient architecture and history, the Yuanming Yuan is China's most famous imperial garden. The author brings "the garden of perfect brightness" to life as he leads readers on a grand tour of its architecture and history.
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Overview

Noted for its magnificient architecture and history, the Yuanming Yuan is China's most famous imperial garden. The author brings "the garden of perfect brightness" to life as he leads readers on a grand tour of its architecture and history.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
Part 1 Architecture
Chapter 1 Provenance 9
Chapter 2 Disposition 24
Chapter 3 Expansion 51
Part 2 History
Chapter 4 Rise 73
Chapter 5 Structure and Function 101
Chapter 6 Royal Daily Life 118
Chapter 7 The Sacking 133
Chapter 8 Repairs and the Final Blows 161
Epilogue: The Yuanming Yuan Ruins Park 188
Notes 195
Glossary 201
References 211
Index 221
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