Saturday, May 09, 2009

Chinese Garden and Chinese Banquet.

Today I spent some time finally look through the photos that have left in my digital camera for a while. Last time I point-and-shoot was in the Metropolitan Museum of Art a few weeks ago where I had found my new muse - The Chinese Garden Court. For someone who grew up in an area that's famous for its ancient Chinese garden, this garden should not be something I'd wowed about, but strangely I did. I had a strong feeling wanting to observe at the garden. The fact that I can not sit inside the pavilion gave me an urge to really look at it from outside. The garden in the MET was not so spectacular, it is small, elegant and almost too tidy, it kept reminding me that I was in a Chinese garden in a museum. There was very few people there, I sat down and meditate. It was strangely silent, no singing birds and frogs, very strange. When I walked out of the garden, passed though the Water Lily Garden of Monet, there was layers of people staring at it and wowing. And I thought: would that be nice if they put some lilies in the Chinese Garden.

Appearently, before my MET visit, I only used my camera way back when I was in China in January. I took a few photos when I was in this hotel attending a banquet. There I discovered another banquet across the street. The banquet room was so over the top, like a set out of the Moulin Rouge, it is hilarious. After a few minutes of giggling, I quickly found myself sitting among a row of cream colored plaster Roman columns.

1 comment:

susan klee said...

thank you for your note about the Chinese garden at the Metropolitan Museum in N.Y. I came across this gem many years ago -- I live in San Francisco, but I love the Met - what a fabulous treasure house!! -- and I love the Chinese garden for the peace and quiet . . in the middle of a huge noisy city. I understand that it is not the garden of your childhood or of the China I visited. But to have this built at the top of a giant structure in a giant city! A real wonder, I think.
Susan K, San Francisco