The Sanctuary

This Sunday, I had a chance to visit The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden (NYCSG). It was built by 40 Chinese artisans in Suzhou City and then shipped to the United States and is one of two authentic classical outdoor Chinese gardens in the country. After I opened the wooden doors, what I saw and felt was pure magic.

On my right side, a cute little bridge looked like one of those bridges which you can only see in fairy tales. As I continued walking, I went through a couple of passages with fascinating entrance shapes. Each path is unique on its own, and at the same time, it seems like they are all connected, including windows with breathtaking views. During my observation, I noticed a lot of interesting plants as well.

This beautiful place is home to many animals, such as fish with glorious orange color, turtles, various birds, and bees. It is peaceful and charming that it feels like it was also a home for Buddhist monks who used to practice meditations. Sadly, this stunning and quiet sanctuary with the bamboo forest is not appreciated enough. It’s small but full of beauty wherever you look.

I reminded myself how easily we can forget what makes us who we are. It is outstanding how far we can neglect nature even though we can’t exist without it. It helps us grow, and it doesn’t ask much in return — only our generosity and caring.

The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.

— Abraham Lincoln

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