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- Versaille Versailles, probably the world's most famous garden, was built for Louis XIV and designed by André Le Nôtre.
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- The Garden of Cosmic Speculation Strange landforms abound in Charles Jencks' Garden of Cosmic Speculation.
- Boboli Gardens The Bobobli Gardens, behind the Pitti Palace in Florence, Italy were groundbreaking in the early 18th century for their open design.
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- Rikugien Gardens "Rikugien literally means 'six poems garden' and reproduces in miniature 88 scenes from famous poems."
- Claude Monet Gardens in Giverny The pool with nympheas, in Claude Monet's garden at Giverny.
- Butchart Gardens, Victoria, B.C. The Butchart Gardens at Todd Inlet, which lie around 14 miles from Victoria B.C., covers more than 55 acres of the 130 acre Butchart Estate.
- Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Table Mountain looms in the distance of this vista from Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in South Africa.
- Yu Gardens - Shanghai The 400-year-old Yu Gardens were built in the Ming Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Jia Jin, and restored in the 1960s.
- Abraham Lincoln Memorial Gardens Designed by Jens Jensens in the 1930s, the Lincoln Memorial Gardens are planted with native species from the three states Lincoln lived in: Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.
- Exbury Gardens - New Forest, England Amazing colors reflect on the calm waters of Exbury Lake.
- Holland's Keukenhof Gardens A showpiece for Holland's unique and beautiful tulips, the manicured landscapes of Keukenhof Gardens abut the rainbow rows of blooming Tulips near Amsterdam.
- Mirabell Garden in Salzburg The world-famous Mirabell Gardens were built along a north-south axis and oriented towards the Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Salzburger Dom cathedral.
- Ryōan-ji Zen Garden in Kyoto, Japan In Kyoto's Ryōan-ji Zen Garden, the empty space is implicitly structured, and is aligned with the temple's architecture.
Viceroy's Palace Garden, India
Huntington Library Cactus Garden, USA
Golshan Garden, Iran
Het Loo, Netherlands
Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland
Powis Castle, Wales
Villa Lante, Italy
Crathes Castle, Scotland
Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Scotland
Isola Bella, Italy
Giardino Giusti, Italy
Tsarskoe Selo, Russia
Shalamar Bagh, Kashmir
Liu Yuan, China
LongHouse Reserve, USA
Millennium Park, Chicago
Miller House, USA
Missouri Botanical Garden, USA
Kirstenbosch, South Africa
La Majorelle, Morocco
Las Pozas, Mexico
Les Quatre Vents, Canada
Fin Graden, Iran
Donnell Garden, USA
Dumbarton Oaks, USA
Beijing Sculpture Park
A site not to miss during the Olympics is the Beijing Sculpture Park, said to be one of the largest, most prestigious art venues in the world, home to 140 statues.
Unique sculptures in stone, copper and wood make up a magnificent collection at this popular venue.
The goal of The Beijing International Sculpture Park was to bring important art from around the world, to enrich the lives of all who visit the city.
This exhibition is aimed at promoting exchanges and cooperation among sculptors across the world, integrating urban sculpture into everyday life, and encouraging innovation in this sector.
Some are to be placed in sports stadiums during the 2008 Olympics.
The Beijing International Sculpture Park is located on Yuquan Road, Beijing in the Haidian District. To get there, take Line One subway to Yuquanlu Station, where you’ll find the park 33 feet (10 meters) southwest of the subway.
Vườn cảnh - Landscape độc đáo trong Olympic Beijing
The exhibit will be displayed at the Science and Technology Park near the Olympic Village, Beijing, China from July 8th to September 8th 2008 where you can take in the sights free of charge.
The distinctive World Botanic Gardens Exhibition for “Homes for plants, Gardens for humans” is the culmination of months of hard work by organizers Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Botanic Gardens Popular Network, Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Committee, and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).
More than 40 million plants and flowers of over 500 varieties will also be used to adorn key areas such as the Tiananmen Square, the road towards Capital Airport, the Olympic Central Zone, and other significant areas.
There will be 360,000 square meter athlete apartments in the Olympic garden, an Olympic Forest Park of 867 hectares with 200 hectare dragon-shaped lake area, 50 hectares of the Museum of Chinese Nation, 405 hectares of exhibition center and the Olympic Village.
Around the central area of Olympic Games will be 8 newly-fashioned hotels, 5 luxury hotels, 3 golf courses, 8 shopping plazas, 4 food streets, and 10 major shopping malls.
Professor Zhang Wenjie, of Beijing Jiaotong University, said the cost for removing and treating the household garbage collected from the apartments alone will hit 1.08 billion yuan (about $157.5 billion US).
Beijing cranked up an ‘Olympic greening’ for a major ‘garden city’ campaign by decorating 100,000 square meters of roofs with gardens mainly in areas close to the 2008 Olympic facilities, the Capital International Airport and along the 2nd and 3rd arterial ring roads.
Residents who face onto the street have also been encouraged to decorate their balcony with flowers to show their Olympic spirit.
Zhou Jianping, an official with the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Landscaping and Forestry, said the municipal government would finance the project.
“Passengers will see blocks of green when their planes fly over the airport area.” he said at an ongoing training program on roof greening techniques, that has drawn more than 200 landscape workers nationwide.
About 8 million square meters of grayish roofs in the airport area made an ugly first impression on first-time travelers to the Chinese capital, Zhou added.
“Roofs that are highly waterproof and can support at least 330 pounds (150 kilos) per square yard/meter [will be decorated].” he said. Those that failed these standards were to be painted more colorfully.
There are more than 50 Olympic gardens in 43 cities throughout China, including China Sports Olympic Garden, Shanghai Olympic Garden, Beijing Olympic Garden, Guangzhou Olympic Garden, and Tianjin Olympic Garden.
Three gardens, 23 feet (7 meters) lower than the ground surface, have been built under the fencing gym of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in order to save energy without the aid of air conditioners, the Olympic project contractor said.
The gardens, covering an area of 1,300 square yards (1,200 meters), could see the underground temperature lower than a normal room temperature, according to a spokesman of the Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) that designs the gardens.
He said cool air could come naturally with the effect of 3 dormer windows built on the top of the fencing gymnasium that produces air convection out of air pressure caused by the temperature difference between the gym and gardens.
Both the gardens and fencing gyms are built in the National Conference Center, one of the landmark buildings in the Olympic park in northern Beijing.
“People in the conference center can feel cool without air conditioner even in the heat of summer.” said a BCEG engineer.
Experts estimate that about 380,000 kwh of electricity could be saved annually for the center.
Dancing Beijing is the name of the official emblem of the 2008 Summer Olympics, unveiled in August 2003 in a ceremony at Qi Nian Dian — the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests in Beijing’s Tian Tan (Temple of Heaven).
The emblem draws on various elements of Chinese culture, depicting a traditional red Chinese seal above the words “Beijing 2008″ and the Olympic rings. The seal is inscribed with a stylized calligraphic rendition of the Chinese character (jīng, meaning ‘capital,’ from the name of the host city) in the form of a dancing figure.
The curves are also claimed to suggest the body of a wriggling Chinese dragon. The open arms of the figure symbolize the invitation of China to the world to share in its culture. The figure also resembles that of a runner crossing the finish line. Red, the dominant color of the emblem, is an important color in Chinese society, often signifying good luck.
The Olympic slogan, “One World, One Dream” calls upon the world to unite in the Olympic spirit and build a better future for humanity. It was chosen from over 210,000 entries submitted from around the world.
Statistics state that in 2008, more than 200 countries and regions will participate in the Beijing Olympic Games.
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