February ushers in the Chinese New Year, considered the most important of Chinese festivals. The year 2011 is Xin Mao, the Year of the Rabbit, a very lucky animal whose symbolic year is supposed to bring tranquility and peace. Those born in the Year of the Rabbit are said to be wise, kind and gentle. We at The Mini-Time Machine Museum are eager to see where this year will take us!
In honor of Chinese New Year, we would like to pay tribute to another of our recent acquisitions from renowned miniature artisan Madelyn Cook. The piece, Yu Yuan , which translates to “Garden of Ease,” is a stunning replica of the classical Dragon Pavilion found in the Yuyuan Garden, located in Anren Jie, Shanghai. The garden, which was created more than 400 years ago by a Ming Dynasty officer named Pan Yunduan¹, occupies an area of about five acres in the heart of the old city. The garden has seen many transformations, due to war and changes in government. “The Yuyuan Garden you see today is the result of a five year restoration project which began in 1956. The garden was open to the public in September, 1961.”² These days, the garden is a popular tourist attraction, especially during the Lantern Festival. Click here to continue reading a pdf of this article >>