With exquisite gardening techniques and deep cultural details, the Chinese Garden of Friendship benefits the entire Wichita community and promotes the long-standing friendship with our sister city, Kaifeng, China. The elegant Sung Dynasty-style design creates a series of unique spaces found in a traditional Chinese scholar-style garden. Guarded by two Foo Dogs, the garden interior contains a replica Qingming River Festival scroll, Treasured Friend Pavilion, Thousand-Foot Bridge, Rose Wind Pavilion, one large leak window, ten smaller leak windows, and an 87-foot-long undulating dragon wall with clay porcelain roof tiles.
Designed for Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, the detailed architecture reflects an understanding of Chinese culture and uses a sophisticated knowledge of traditional Chinese and modern American building techniques. The garden complies with all ADA regulations, and the majority was constructed with local building materials. The 0.3-acre garden is divided into two major parts: the “earthly world,” an area where people live, work, and experience earthly life, and the “heavenly or dream world,” a peaceful reflection of an ideal world.
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