Little Pangu Garden
It used to be the garden of Zhou Fu, a general satrap in Qing Dynasty. Since there are rockeries, narrow paths, big rocks, clear lakes, deep valleys, winding rivulets, and zigzag stone roads, it is called Little Pangu Garden and “gu” means “valley”. Now Little Pangu Garden has become arrest house in Yangzhou. Tourists can enjoy the beautiful scenery in the garden, and appreciate bright moon at night if you accommodate in the garden. The quiet and peaceful environment will make you reluctant to leave. Those who do not spend night in the garden can also visit it at night. Little Pangu Garden has its unique characteristics among all gardens in Yangzhou. Compared with Geyuan Garden and Heyuan Garden, it accounts less land area, and has fewer constructions, rocks, and stones; moreover, it features the compact lay out of its components; it is smaller, but more impressive and spectacular. The lakes, ponds, rocks, stones, towers, and pavilions are dotted in an artistic manner; sometimes they emphasizes deepness and craggedness and sometimes they focus on unevenness and openness; sharp contrast and varied rhythm of the lay out of the garden are fully demonstrated in the limited space. All components here are adjusted and arranged according to natural conditions, for which the flexibility of design and the grandeur
Little Pangu Garden could be further divided into two parts. A wall of flowers separates the courtyard into two smaller ones. There are artificial rocs, mounts, and lakes at one side of the wall while green trees and flowers at the other side of it. One smaller yard is characterized by exquisite pavilions and towers, and the other yard features emerald green plants; they respectively deliver the feeling of quiet and openness, density and sparseness, simplicity and elegance; they are just adding radiance and glamour to and bring out the best of each other. That is also the supreme technique on the lay out of gardening. The rockeries in Little Pangu Garden stand majestically and precipitously, and they were once called Nine Lion Painting Mount. It is said that when it snows heavily, the painting of the nine lions would appear vividly while when it is fine the picture is not clear. The shape of lions on the rocks should be appreciated from the angle of artistic concept and vigor and then its verve could be spot and experienced. The Nine Lion Painting Mount is characterized by both exquisiteness and grandeur; there are ridges and peaks overlapping with each other, narrow mountain paths, deep valley under cliffs, and clear rivulets. Caves in the garden are quiet, broad, and bright. There are chess tables in them. The top of the mountain is flat and decorated with pavilions. Taking an overlook in the pavilion, the fantastic scenery in the garden would be fully covered in your view field. Besides there are stone bridges over lakes, a try square flower hall, and terraces. They are lain out in a compact way. Between the cave and the precipitous cliff stands a rock wall named “the Depth of Water and Clouds”. There is no wood bridge over the lake but connected rocks for tourists to walk on. Using connected rocks as bridge is called Zhuanbu or Bushi. In Yangzhou Painting Record, it was named “yuelue”. Walking out of the cave, stepping on yuelue, and passing by the stone wall, you will fully experience the romance of staying in the open nature. According to gardening experts, large gardens are suitable for recreation by taking activities while smaller ones are good for scenery appreciation. You can enjoy the gentle wind beside a pavilion, or counting swimming fish in front of railings, or strolling on the top of mounts or in corridors, or paling chessmen, or enjoying the cool weather while lying against a tower. Therefore tourists can enjoy to their heart content in the Little Pangu Garden.