The Grand View Garden, built in 1988, is modeled on the garden described in the Chinese classical novel A Dream of Red Mansions, written by Cao Xueqin, of the Qing Dynasty, As described in the book, the garden was built for the imperial concubine Jia Yuanchun, who settled her relatives down there.
For more than two centuries, Chinese people read about the garden. Now they can vividly see scenes described in the book.
There are five courtyards, three park areas, a Buddhist temple, rockeries and a large lake. Trees and flowers complete the picture. Tea is available at many of the small shops.
Address: 12 Nancaiyuan Jie, Xuanwu District;
Entry ticket: 40 yuan. Providing discount for visit group, and half-price for student.
Bus: No.10, 59, 806, 939, 721, 717 and 819.
(China.org.cn. May 17, 2008)