Mar 25 2011

Wanzhu Yuan 万竹园

Ji’nan, Shandong Province
济南市历下区趵突泉南路1号 / 泺源大街西端路北

This park was my paternal family home from 1912 to 1950, where my father grew up.

The estate was first built in 1271 to 1368; becoming my great grandfather’s home in 1912 who spent next decade and half to renovate and expanding it; featuring springs embedded in and around the courtyards and houses, to form the water system, which is unique in the country. My dad still vividly remember he swam around the estate in the spring stream.

Baiyun Quan 2016.03.17 

The government used it (1980年时,万竹园是三家省级单位的下属处室使用.东院是卫生厅,西院是检察院,花园是教育厅.南院当时还保留两进院,是省资产管理部门管着.), till it became a public park on June 11, 1986 and merged with 趵突泉 Baotu Spring Park in 1999. In 2019, the Garden was enlisted on the top level registry for the immovable relic in China: National Cultural Relic Protection Units, 8th edition 第八批全国重点文物保护单位: 序号 631, 编号 8-0631-5-115.

  • 2019 photos by my aunt Yang Dongming
  • 2016 w/ Dad & his aunt Qiao
  • 2012 w/ Grandpa Yuan
  • 2010 w/ 大伯

L to R: 1980, 万竹园‘s 东院泉池被填, 在上面修了房子. 1984, 万竹园开始重修. 图为假山前小三股水处. By 贾祥云

The three-acre estate includes:

Courtyards are linked together by sheltered corridors. In the Flower Garden there are many stone carvings, woodcuts and brick carvings, such as Two Dragons Playing with a Pearl; Elephant, Lion, Tiger and Leopards; Pine, Bamboo, Plum Blossom and Orchid. Eight Immortals Crossing The Sea; Magpie Greeting Plum Blossom, as well as Sword, Saber Spear and Halberd. The cravings were elaborately executed and well preserved. Dotted with pools, rocks, bamboo groves lawn flowers and plants and hemmed by unique shaped rocks the Flower Garden presents many scenic spots.

Timeline of the estate

  • 1980 三家省级单位的下属处室使用: 东院是卫生厅,西院是检察院,花园是教育厅. 南院当时还保留两进院,是省资产管理部门管着
  • 1984年 万竹园开始重修

IMG_0597The Ten Thousand Bamboo Garden came from the fact that there are large groves of bamboo and graceful environment.

The garden once served as the residence of Wang Ping (王苹; 1661-1720) a famous poet of the Qing Dynasty. In 1912, one year after the Qing court was replaced by the Republic of China, Zhang Huaizhi, commander of the Fifth Military Region of the North Standing Army (later an army inspector and governor of Shandong Province) bought the garden. He hired skillful craftsmen and spent fifteen years from 1912 to 1927 enlarging the garden to the present size.

Structurally compact and artistically valuable, 万竹园 (Zhang’s Garden 张家花园) presents an ancient compound combining the architectural style of southern China courtyard with the flavor of quadrangular courtyard in northern China.

On August 4, 1985, the Jinan City Hall decided to have the 李苦禅 Li Kuchan Memorial Hall built in the Ten Thousand Bamboo Garden. Many domestic and foreign calligraphy and painting exhibitions have been held since.

Some references and media coverage:

Mar 24 2011

A tree

This is the tree by my window as I’m writing this blog up .. in different seasons

April 23, 2011

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March 25, 2011

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Jan 7, 2011

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Mar 14 2011

The first year

Mar 8 2011

Europe 2010

June 23 – July 25

Oh well, Europe is Europe – pix on FB. It doesn’t change or changes a lot? Frankfurt added a subway, not just China .. wink .. Poor me. We took trains between cities there instead of driving, which was great. London

  1. Fri, 6/25 @ London: acer Isner
  2. Sat, 6/26: London, Les Miserables with Nick Jonas
  3. Sun, 6/27: Cambridge, dumplings
  4. Mon, 6/28: Day 7 at Wimbledon; Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi
  5. Tue, 6/29: Day 8 at Wimbledon, the qualifying rounds for W; Centre Court
  6. Wed 6/30: Day 9 at Wimbledon;
  7. Thu, 7/1: National Archives; Canary Wharf, Greenwich, Wimbledon Court 2
  8. Fri, 7/2: Kew Gardens, makeshift music, Twilight in London
  9. Sat 7/3: Earls Court; Tate Modern; bad commentating; Grace Kelly at V&A; Buckingham Palace Shakespeare: Henry IV part 2; Swan at the Globe restaurant
  10. Sun, 7/4: Kew Gardens in the AM; lunch at Brick Lane; the British Museum, n Arthur Probsthain; Xiao Yin; last night out
  11. Mon, 7/5 @ Paris: EuroStar to Paris; Ladur

Mar 8 2011

The national flags

Steppingstone, New York, April 20, 2011

Kassel, July 2010

Managua, May 2009

Mar 6 2011

A hairy night

It was autumn in 1991, Golfer and I travelled to Europe. Our itinerary was landing in Munich, spent a few nights there, then head over to Salzburg for the Mozart Festival; spending a week in Vienna, taking overnight train to Berlin for the Rembrandt exhibit, then drive down slowly to Frankfurt visiting the Hardings, making few overnight stops on the The Castle Road. Everything was nicely planned out and seemed very routine. After a gorgeous week in Wien, between Opera, chess tourney (held in the City Hall, right behind our hotel and the Polgar sisters were playing), caf

Mar 1 2011

The phone booths

DC, April 20, 2011

Feb 17, 2011 @ Supreme Court, Mineola NY

Shanghai: near 中山东一路 9 号; 9/18/2010

Shanghai: near 中山东一路 9 号, Sept 18, 2010

June 26, 2010 @ Cambridge, UK