Baomo Garden Guangzhou
There are many things we like about living in Guangzhou – one of them is that we have an active CLO (Community Liaison Officer) who plans outings for us. All we have to do is sign up, pay some money, and step onto a bus and the rest is taken care of! We are taken to a great site, pointed in the right direction, picked up and whisked away to find something to eat, then someone drives us home.
It’s a great way to get out of the city and to see other ways of life. We often remark on how we live in “new” China with the high rises, glitz, and new wealth surrounding us. So, it’s nice to see another point of view every once in awhile. Sometimes the journey to the attraction is as much fun as the attraction itself!
A month or so ago, we went to Baomo Gardens. Although it’s about 45 min – 1 hour away, it’s still in Guangzhou (this place is HUGE)! It was built at the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644 -1905) but was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution in the late 1950s. In the late 1990s, the garden was rebuilt according to the previous layout, with considerations given for size and quantity of people.
It is an incredible place – so many details to be discovered in roof lines, floor patterns, wall tiles, waterways, botanicals, stone bridges, pillars and relics. One thing that is interesting is that when China began the reconstruction of Baomo, many items that originally belonged here but were taken to other places were returned to the Gardens and now are on view.
In my mind, I must admit, that a garden would have more natural elements and less concrete…more of a blend of natural surroundings, highlighting blooming plants. In other parts of the world, you see gardens where nature has been tamed, has been cautiously directed, or is just completely organic.
I would put this garden in a different category because the backdrop for the plants is just as, or more important than the plants themselves. And there’s a lot of concrete, rocks, and hard surfaces all around. I DO think it’s pretty…in fact, it’s incredible…. but I expected something different than what I found!