Shuzhuang Garden is a private villa first constructed in 1913 by Lin Erjia, a wealthy businessman from Taiwan. Shuzhuang Garden is known for its well-conceived layout and borrowed scenes. The designer cleverly adopted the hiding, borrowing and ingenious methods to design the garden, making man-made structures and natural scenery well blended in great harmony.
Mr. Lin gave it the name "Shuzhuang" after his stylized name of "Shuzang". The gardenis divided into two parts, with "Canghai" facing the sea and "Bushan" against the hill, each having five scenic sights. The Garden contains the Gulangyu Piano Museum, which is "China's only and the world's first-class" treasure house of pianos, with nearly 100 precious historic pianos from throughout the world. The museum is an epitome of Gulangyu's musical culture.
Hiding elements: the ocean remains hidden from view even if you walk right up to the garden gate and enter it. The view was interrupted by a high wall. When you look back by chance, a plaque of "Cang Hai (Hiding Elements)" hanging high up on the inner side of garden gate comes into the view, and then you will burst upon the implication of hiding elements. However, once you get out through the Moon Cave Gate, the seascape leaps into view. By means of this device, first hiding and then revealing, wonderful results will be achieved.
? Newly Facilities in Shuzhuang Garden
Shuzhuang Garden has many newly built facilities in recent years and its size has also been expanded. Especially the wave-listening pavilion is transformed into a "Piano Museum", displaying 30 famous and ancient pianos collected for a lifetime by Hu Youyi who is from Gulangyu living in Australia. It is "China's only and the world's first-class" treasure house of pianos, with nearly 100 precious historic pianos from throughout the world. The museum is an epitome of Gulangyu's musical culture and makes Gulangyu Island deserve the name of Piano Island and adds extra charm to it.