|Tourists enjoy the scenery of Geyuan Garden in Yangzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, April 6, 2014. (People's Daily Online/Du Mingming)|
Located in the northern part of Yangzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, the Geyuan Garden is a private residential garden with the longest history, the most complete preservation and the highest artistic value among the classic gardens in the city. Bamboos can be seen everywhere in the garden. As the bamboo leaf resembles the Chinese character "Ge", it is named "Geyuan Garden".
Covering an area of 30 mu (1 mu equals to 667 square meters), the garden is one of the four most well-known classic Chinese gardens. It was initially built as a private garden by Huang Zhijun, a salt merchant, in the 23rd year (1818) of Emperor Jiaqing's reign of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It was listed as a key cultural relic unit under China's state protection in 1988.
Every year, millions of visitors from all over the world come to Geyuan Garden to enjoy its special view of the bamboos plus its "four-Season Rockery" in the garden. Spring is demonstrated with a picture of bamboo and rock. Summer is represented by the steel-grey Taihu stone, a popular tourist attraction. Autumn is depicted by Huangshan stone, and winter by Xuan stone.