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New life for an ancient garden

THE Guyi Garden, the city's largest ancient garden, is to be restored and enlarged this year at a cost of about 30 million yuan (US$4.4 million).

More than 1.5 hectares will be added, increasing the size of the garden in Jiading District by about 16 percent, and it will be created in the same Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties style, said Feng Shucheng, director of the garden.

Restoration will follow a description of the Guyi Garden in an authoritative book on the gardens of southern China written in 1937.

Work is expected to be finished by the end of the year. The garden will remain open during restoration.

Built during the reins of Emperor Jiajing (1522-1566), the Guyi Garden features bamboo forests, pavilions and terraces.

The garden was also the birthplace of xiaolongbao ?? the dumplings that are one of the city's most popular snacks. A young man started selling xiaolongbao in the garden about 100 years ago.


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