The courtyard covering an area of five acres was rebuilt over the span of three years, which was home to the former British Consulate.
Based on the concept of building “no rules” as well as liberal and humanistic spirit, layer upon layer, this unique garden represents the one-of-a-kind view of Shanghainese culture and aesthetics.
“You can’t live without bamboo”. Inside the walls of the blue brick courtyard, you could find arrays of Fumaki and Mitford. Fourteen candlesticks are placed on the stone pier to worship the benediction, offering a change of scenery and creating a sense of calmness and serenity.
In the late Qing and early Republic of China, the calligrapher and painter Yang Yi wrote the plaque “Liuyitang”, referring to the six ancient Chinese arts – etiquette, music, shooting, defense, literature, and math. The corridor from the mid-Qing Dynasty was moved from Dongyang, Zhejiang, and was constructed from eight gold-wired Phoebe columns, decorated with wood carvings. A large vermilion lacquer door that dates back to the old empirical days could be found at the center of Liuyitang, whose sides are cast with gold leaf and the Royal style curling grass pattern. The walls on the exterior and structural colors are of religious influence.
Auspicious Pixiu situated in the lawn, where grasses change seasonally. The 140-year-old magnolia tree could be found in the center, full of greenery, with an ancient well hiding out and mulberry as the lining. There are stone tables and benches under the trees for playing chess leisurely.
FENG SHUI WALL
Feng Shui fits the Five Elements corresponding great balance on this central pivot line. The glass water curtain is interdependent with the blue and white vat, water/fire, solid/virtual, round/straight, heavy/light, rigid/soft, dynamic/static… its magnetic field is harmonious. Plaque “Xun Chi repeats” means beautiful music continues.
The gurgling water of Sandiequan flows towards the fishpond filled with stone made troughs, figurines, beasts, and turtles. Yellow bamboo, century-old costus, willows, and pomegranate trees stand on the bank with Buddha statue seated. Also, the wall fountain gathers luck with water springs running calmly and continuously.
The 1930s Spanish-style brick-wooden-structured main building is called Judetang, which implies benevolence, righteousness, manners, wisdom, trustworthiness in Chinese culture. The interior is well-poised, with a modern and elegant lobby and terrace on the first floor. The second floor connected with a unique sunroom offers a sharp contrast that is exquisite and retro chic. Decorated with silver foil walls, velvet wall fabric, natural crystal columns, Qing plaques, vases, paintings, and calligraphy, the dining room has 80 elegant dining seats available for a memorable dining experience for your next visit.
V1-V8: Combination of ancient and modern, elegant and private with diverse styles
Caixiang Study: At the glass and stone entrance, there are two plaques with the words “hanging rules” cast on it. The east wall of the study is made of ancient lacquer near elegant bamboo case. Inside, there is a fireplace meeting area with a 1960s Gucci sofa, sheltered by sheepskin lamp. Also, the small open-air yard with stone table and benches fits well with tea from nature.
Surrounded by hundred-year-old boxwood, hibiscus, trumpet creepers and Tai Laker stone, the “Keep it Quiet” bar was inspired by the 1930s salon décor with a classic red velvet mirror and vintage sofa. Its walls are made of wooden doors dated back to the republic of China, modern glass, and ancient black bricks. This is where weekly movie screenings, live performances, and other artistic events take place, bringing together Shanghai’s very own active literary and cultural community.
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