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The Imperial gardens at the Forbidden city - Outside of the Gate of Terrestrial Tranquility is Yuhuayuan, the Imperial Garden. Constructed during the Ming dynasty the garden is rectangular in shape and covers 12,000 square meters. This was a private retreat for the imperial family and is typical of the Chinese garden design. There are twenty structures, each of a different style, and the ways in which they harmonise with the trees, rockeries, flower beds and sculptural objects such as the bronze incense burners is tribute to the art of the designers that so much can be achieved in so small a space.
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The Imperial gardens at the Forbidden city -  Outside of the Gate of Terrestrial Tranquility is Yuhuayuan, the Imperial Garden. Constructed during the Ming dynasty the garden is rectangular in shape and covers 12,000 square meters. This was a private retreat for the imperial family and is typical of the Chinese garden design. There are  twenty structures, each of a different style, and the ways in which they harmonise with the trees, rockeries, flower beds and sculptural objects such as the bronze incense burners is  tribute to the art of the designers that so much can be achieved in so small a space.