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RAS Shanghai – Shelly Bryant Walk & Talk on Chinese Classical Gardens – 19/3/13 & 23/3/13

Posted: March 18th, 2013 | No Comments »


TALK: Tuesday 19th March 2013

7 pm for 7.30pm start

RAS Library at the Sino-British College

1195 Fuxing Zhong Lu


THE TALK:Classical Chinese garden design operates on a system of tension and balance.  Designers traditionally utilized contrasts in size, spatial orientation, and conceptual significance of the various elements within a garden to achieve a harmonious overall effect.  A visitor to a garden who is well-versed in the techniques of garden building will know how to appreciate not only the beauty of the scenes presented, but also the emotional and aesthetic importance of those scenes.

The lecture will focus on how to view a garden in a way that will maximize the effects of the grounds for visitors.  Special attention will be given to two pairs of gardens in Suzhou, illustrating how finding the appropriate viewing technique can enhance the experience of journeying through a traditional Chinese garden.

THE WALK:will take place on Saturday 23rd March. Day trip to Suzhou by bus, visits to two gardens and lunch. Full details, cost, RSVP and booking requirements will be given in a separate event notice.

Shelly Bryant divides her year between Shanghai and Singapore, working as a teacher, writer, researcher, and translator. She is the author of three volumes of poetry, Cyborg Chimera, Under the Ash, and Voices of the Elders, a pair of travel guides, and a translation of ShengKeyi’s novel《北妹》 (Northern Girls) for Penguin Books. Shelly’s poetry has appeared in journals, magazines, and websites around the world, as well as in several art exhibitions, including dark ’til dawn, Things Disappear, and Studio White * Exhibition 2011.  You can visit her website at

RSVP: to RAS Bookings at:

PRIORITY BOOKING for Members until Saturday 16th March 2013.

ENTRANCE: 30 rmb (RAS members) and 80 rmb (non-members).

Includes one drink. Those unable to make the donation but wishing to attend may contact us for an exemption.

MEMBERSHIP applications and membership renewals will be available at this event.

RAS MONOGRAPHS – Series 1 & 2 will be available for sale at this event. 100 rmb each (cash sale only)


105The RAS Library at Sino-British College in Shanghai

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