Tang Dynasty garden ruins found in Chengdu

Chengdu: Ruins of a classical Chinese garden landscape of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) have been found at a construction site in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, said Sichuan Daily.

Although the archaeological excavation on the site began in March, the ruins were found only recently.

So far, an area of 2500sq m has been excavated and a well, three ditches and an artificial pond have been discovered.

Chinaware for daily usage, a few Buddhism-related stone inscriptions and construction elements have also been unearthed.

“The main body of the ruins should be an architectural group of landscape style from the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) or the Five Dynasties and 10 Kingdoms (AD 907-960),” said Yi Li, an expert from the Chengdu archaeological team.

Based on the evidence, archaeo­logists concluded that the ruins might be a part of the garden landscape at Wanfo Temple.

The historical site of Wanfo Temple or the 10,000 Buddhas Monastery is not far from the ruins. It is a monastery with over 1,000 years of history outside the northwest gate of ancient Chengdu. — China Daily / Asia News Network

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