The acclaimed Dunedin Chinese Garden is an attraction that never fails to enthral the visitor. An idyllic site, which truly resembles a typical countryside painting from China, the garden is designed to be representative of nature and the Chinese heritage, culture, history, and tradition. The site’s origin stems from a wish to commemorate the Chinese legacy which has contributed to the development of the city; additionally Shanghai is the sister city of Dunedin, a relationship which is much treasured.
An interesting aspect of the garden is that it changes over the seasons, so that it presents unique features every time you visit it. Visitors will be able to relax and unwind, enjoy a picnic lunch and a cup of tea, try out some games or puzzles, or just replenish one’s energies in this tranquil setting. The garden’s design developed over no less than eight years, so that the plans could be streamlined, assuring cultural authenticity whilst ensuring practical feasibility. In fact, it is a team of Chinese experts who were responsible for the overall design of the venue. These masterminds used as their frames of reference the conventional parklands of the area of Jiangnan, as these are recognized as the very pinnacle of garden design in China.
In fact, the garden was constructed and assembled beforehand in the city of Shanghai in a setting exactly the same shape and size of the site in Dunedin. It was then taken apart and brought to New Zealand, where the garden was reassembled by artisans and experts from China. The splendid garden has been constructed with genuine materials from China, and is the work of Chinese craftsmen from Shanghai from start to finish. As well as the handcrafted wooden edifices, the site displays handcrafted bricks, tiles and latticework, along with handmade granite pavestones.
This construction has been enthusiastically supported by the local Chinese community, which has welcomed this authentically Chinese creation which always captivates the visitor with its beauty and craftsmanship.Those who are planning a trip to the country considering Dunedin hotels will find an excellent choice in the New Zealand hotels provided by Millennium & Copthorne Hotels NZ, a premier purveyor of quality accommodation.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday. Google+