Haidian District: Legacy of the Masters2016-09-07 16:06:12Share:
Thanks to its endowed geomancy, Haidian District has always been longed by powerful men and scholars whose legacy enriched the history of Haidian. By visiting the celebrity footprints, people can know more of Haidian.
Le Jia Garden
Owned by the master of Tongrentang, Le Jia Garden is located in Suzhou Street, Haidian District, northwest of Beijing, and it is two miles away from the Old Summer Palace. It was once the villa of the Prince Li and commonly known as The Garden of the Prince Li. Before 1949, it was owned by Le Jingyi of Tongrentang and thus got the name The Garden of Le Jia. The Garden covers about 50 acres and features rectangle symmetric layout.
Liang Qichao Tomb
Liang Qichao Tomb is located in the evergreen area of Beijing Botanical Garden. The tomb is in fact a family cemetery since Liang’s two wives, his younger brother Liang Qixiong and his three sons were also buried here. The Cemetery was designed by his son Liang Sicheng, a famous Chinese architect. The tomb demonstrates Liang’s philosophy by being in perfect harmony with the environment and makes people feel like walking into a courtyard.
Prince Chun Tomb (Tomb of Seventh Prince)
Prince Chun Tomb buried the father of the Emperor Guangxu and is very well-known among people in Western Hills. It is located at the peak of Yangtai Mountain and was a Buddhist shrine in as early as the Tang Dynasty.
Prince Fu Jun Tomb (Tomb of Nineth Prince)
At the foot of the Yangtai Mountain sits the Nineth Prince Tomb, which is the tomb of the ninth son of the Emperor Daoguang and Emperor Guangxu's uncle. Nineth Prince Tomb and Seventh Prince Tomb are the best preserved and the most superior Qing Dynasty tombs in Beijing.
No. 39 White Banner Courtyard
In the legends of old Beijing, Cao Xueqin moved shelter many times. And as one of his home, No. 39 white banner courtyard is very controversial. In 1971, when the house owner repainted the wall, a poem was found on the wall which was said to be sent by Cao’s friend but was later believed by experts irrelevant to Cao. But this house is still regarded as an important source to study Red Chamber culture.
St. Joan Pace House
St. Joan Pace, the famous French poet and diplomat and Nobel Prize laureate in 1960 has a rich complex on Western Hills. His poem "Crusade" was composed in a dilapidated Taoist Temple. St. Joan Pace mentioned several times in his diary and articles about the shabby incenseless Taoist abbey where he created his masterpiece "expedition". On August 2, 1917, the poet wrote to his mother: "I am writing to you from a small temple. It is located on a hill in the northwest of Beijing ...... at my feet, a village not far from a river bank is disappearing ...... it is built on a small hill overlooking the Silk Road that leads to the northwest border. ”
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