The lake of the Li Garden ripples gently and green hills stand in
the distance. Long corridors, embankment, arbors, pavilions in the
garden are all exquisitely engraved with elegant and colored
drawing. When lounging around the garden especially in spring, you
will have a tender love for it.
The present Li Garden is divided into four tourist and sightseeing
area, namely, artificial hills covered with green vegetation,
spring morning on the south embankment, long corridor with a
collection of sightseeing scenes, and layers of waves with double
In the "artificial hilled covered with green vegetation's", there
are boundless spring sceneries in the Sifang Pavilion; the path
winds beside the water pavilion; take the lotus boat and you will
"keep withering lotus and listen to the rain"; paying a visit to
the fish bond can also make you "jump through the dragon gate and
get the breaks"; the variation of Yiren Rock and the luxuriant
woods and trimmed bamboos of Guiyun Peak will make you feel as if
traveling in the universe.
The long corridor of one-thousand steps in the "long corridor with
a collection of sightseeing scenes" heaves high and low with
zigzags. It is deep and shifty with rich gradation as if picture
scrolls of "mountain rays shining on the threshold and water
surrounding the corridor". The landscape in the long corridor is
also quite varied from the doors and windows with the exquisite
engravings to water platform with red flowers and green trees, all
revealing the charm and gentleness of the Li Garden.
As the "layers of waves with double images" shows, it is the best
spot to appreciate water in the garden. Ban Pavilion, Lvyi
Pavilion, Chunqiu Pavilion and Shuimiao Pavilion, etc all center on
water and demonstrate the graceful flavor of the lake water in the
Li Garden at different levels. In the area of "spring morning on
the south embankment", you can have a thorough appreciation of the
spring scenery and smell the fragrance of flowers carefully.
The Sifang Pavilion in the area can be called “of unique ingenuity”
as the four identical pavilions built around the waters show the
beautiful sight of the Li Garden with the construction form of "not
fearing conformity but leaping out of conformity". Different
seasonal flowers and trees are planted according to the color of
flowers and seasons around every pavilion.
The spring pavilion of "Yihong" is planted with plum trees, the
summer pavilion of "Dicui" planted with dogbanes, the autumn
pavilion of "Zuihuang" planted with sweet-scented osmanthus, and
the winter pavilion of "Yinba" planted with calyx canthus. Standing
in one of the pavilions, you will see the other three ones, which
can be called "four seasons overlapping with boundless beauty".