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Imperial theme for roof garden

CHINA'S Provincial Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo will have a rooftop garden replicating a famous Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) imperial garden that was burned and looted by British and French soldiers in 1860, the chief designer of the pavilion said.

Jiuzhouqingyan, literally meaning nine states (representing ancient China) living in harmony, was a garden in Yuanmingyuan in Beijing. Emperor Kangxi and Empress Dowager Cixi once lived beside the garden.

The replica, including ponds, stone bridges and rockery, will be built on the roof of China's Provincial Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo. It is considered a part of China Pavilion even though it is in a separate building, said He Jingtang, the pavilion's chief designer, who is from the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

The original garden was composed of nine small islands and covered 700,000 square meters. The replica will be 27,000 square meters.

The new garden will follow feng shui (literally wind and water), the Chinese art of bringing good luck by positioning objects, said Ni Yang, deputy chief designer of the pavilion.

He said people will be able to have a close look at China's crown-like national pavilion and nearby pavilions from the rooftop garden.

The garden will be turned into a park after Expo 2010.


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