The Turtle Garden is spread over an area of 9000 square meters and had been built and designed under Mr. Tan Kah Kee’s supervision during the 50s and the 60s.
The carvings and architecture in the Turtle Garden reflect the principles and teachings through amusement and travel. They depict modern and ancient times in the country.
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The Turtle Garden is located on the southeastern tip of the town of Jimei and it includes a Tan Kah Kee mausoleum, a monument and a long corridor stretching for 50 meters. The carvings and architecture in the Turtle Garden reflect the principles and teachings through amusement and travel.
They depict modern and ancient times in the country, geography and astronomy, technology and science, education, culture, paintings, calligraphy, plants, animals, agricultural and industrial production. The garden is profound, broad and comprehensive and is considered to be a very grand sight in natural history.
Turtle Garden is located in area of subtropical monsoon weather so it enjoys mild weather throughout the year. Summers are hot since the temperatures in August and July are more than 30℃ but in winters the temperatures are around 10℃. On an average the temperature in the area remains 21℃. Autumn and spring are the best seasons for travel.
Turtle Garden is mainly composed of 3 parts: Tan’s Mausoleum, Monument to Liberation and Portico. The portico is characteristic of Chinese style, spreads in 4 directions and is 50 meters long. On both sides, the walls have bluestone carvings. There are 58 pictures that relate the lives of various historical figures.
This is the highlight among the 653 carvings that can be found in the garden. Outside this portico, the walls have around 291 carvings. 229 of these are relief carvings, 20 shadow carvings and 42 sunken carvings. The portico also has inscriptions, couplets and calligraphy by various famous people of all styles and kinds like Cursive handwriting, Seal characters and Lucida handwriting. With beautiful carving techniques and excellent handwritings, it is considered to be a treasure in Fujian’s stone carving art.
Monument to Liberation
The Monument to Liberation in Turtle Garden is the main building. The monument is 28 meters high and symbolizes the victory of China Communist Party after 28 years of struggle. The monument’s face has been inscribed with Monument to Liberation by Chairman Mao. This was the only time that Chairman Mao inscribed a monument’s name in any town. Behind the monument is Tan Kah Kee’s calligraphed and written inscription.
Once you turn around from the screen wall you will be able to find Tan Kah Kee’s tomb. The tomb is located at Midnight and it faces Noon. It has been shaped like a turtle. The tomb’s cover is made with 13 pieces of bluestones that are hexagonal in shape. It has the hull of “wind” character. Inside the tomb are 15 bluestone relief carving inlays. These inlays and carvings showcase the life of Tan Kah Kee. The stone carvings around it record his life, his dedication to his motherland and much more.