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Guan-jia Hall

As the name, Guan-jia, suggets, can tell that in the old times one could see the farmers working in their land from far away. On the second floor, there are open-air platforms for people to go upstairs and take a look at the distant views such as the numerous farms under the Kuanying Mountain. The borrowed scenery which is a kind of techniques of borrowing the scenery in the Chinese architecture.

In front of the building are octagonal door holes and a pond, named Hai-tang. Although the pond is small and narrow, it is designed with curved stone rails and an arch-shaped bridge. The small yard in the front is surrounded by a rolling-book-shaped wall.  Symbolically, it’s good for people to study. On the two sides, there are octagonal doors. The octagonal form is opposite to the form of the rolling book and creates an interesting view. On the wall, there are windows in the form of fruits, such as pomelo, pumpkin, peach, and pomegranate.  They individually symbolize good fortune, prosperity, longevity, and happiness.

 Guan-jia Hall is the second largest building in the Ben-Yuan Lin’s Family Abode and Garden .  On the other hand, it is the main building and background of Banyan Shade Pond.  It also prevents people from seeing throughout the artificial mountains and the pond.

 

There is a peacock garden near the building. In the old time, monkeys were raised in the cave of the artificial mountain, opposite to the peacock garden. Raising the moneys had the implication of being nominated as noblemen due to the same pronunciation of monkey and noblemen in Chinese.

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