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“Liu Fang Yuan is a small encyclopedia of Chinese Culture that goes beyond the plants and trees; it is poetic, lyrical, has art, sculpture, and Chinese philosophy wrapped in a jewel of a package.” –Che Zhaohe, Cultural Consul of the People’s Republic of China


Center for East Asian Garden Studies

The Huntington’s Center for East Asian Garden Studies promotes exchange among scholars and garden professionals on the long-standing and sophisticated East Asian traditions of garden making. With the Huntington’s renowned Chinese and Japanese gardens as a foundation, it also aims to make these traditions accessible to a wide audience and oversees a full program of lectures, workshops, symposia, exhibitions, and occasional performances.


Public Programs  |  Lecture Series  |  Educational and School Programs





Music in Liu Fang Yuan, the Chinese Garden

Wednesdays, 1–3 p.m.

Enjoy traditional Chinese music every Wednesday afternoon in the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. (Cancelled in the event of rain.) General admission.


Japanese Teahouse Tours

Second Monday of every month, 12:30–4 p.m.

Take a peek inside the Japanese Garden’s ceremonial teahouse and learn the traditions behind its use. Informal tours are offered at hourly intervals. General admission.


Chinese Garden Visiting Artist Program

The Cheng Family Visiting Artist Program continues at The Huntington. The Huntington is pleased to announce Huang Ruo as our third artist-in-residence.


An Evening with Huang Ruo

January 31, 2017 (Tuesday)

Join us for an evening with composer Huang Ruo as he discusses his work, introduces Chinese opera types, and explains how he uses Chinese opera in the contemporary context.


Huang Ruo and Qian Yi

March 24, 2017 (Friday)

Huang Ruo returns for an evening of discussion and performance accompanied by the acclaimed kun opera singer Qian Yi. Together they will explore the Chinese kun opera tradition and how Huang Ruo uses the form in his contemporary compositions.


Huang Ruo: Excerpts from Paradise Interrupted and Traditional Kun Operas

May 25, 2017 (Thursday)

For his final concert and culmination of his residency, Huang Ruo will present excerpts from his highly acclaimed new opera Paradise Interrupted adapted with a new instrumental arrangement created just for The Huntington, along with excerpts of traditional kun opera. In this final concert, Huang Ruo will be accompanied by kun opera singer Qian Yi and other musicians and vocalists.


The Romance of Yue Opera

June 10, 2017 (Saturday)

Join us for an afternoon of Yue opera featuring Ms. Wang Zhiping and Ms. Huang Hui of the Shanghai Yueju Company, and performers from the California Yueju Center. One of the most popular forms of opera in China today, Yue opera is known for its romantic themes, gentle melodies, and stunning costumes. The afternoon includes scenes from “The Fairy Carp,” “The Tragedy of Liangshanbo and Zhuyingtai,” and “Interrogating and Rescuing her Husband.”


Gu Jiani: Right & Left

June 16 & 17, 2017 (Friday & Saturday)

Beijing-based rising star choreographer Gu Jiani performs her latest work, the internationally acclaimed contemporary dance duet “Right & Left.” The LA premiere features Gu Jiani and Wang Xuanqi with live lighting projection by Ah Ping, the work is a haunting exploration of human relationships and individual experience. Using little more than delicately poised bodies, a table, two stools and the play of shadows, “Right & Left” creates a captivating tribute to symmetry and its dissolution, ominous and beautiful in equal measure.


Generous support for these programs was provided by the Justin Vajna Memorial Fund for Educational Programs in the Chinese Garden and The Cheng Family Foundation.





From Castles to Tearooms: An Overview of Japanese Architecture and Carpentry Traditions

Bruce Coats, Professor of Art History and the Humanities, Scripps College

February 28, 2017 (Tuesday)

Japan’s architectural history is rich and varied, with wooden structures towering above the plains at Himeji to intimate settings for observing artworks and enjoying tea in Kyoto. Common to many of these building types is complex wood joinery created by hereditary carpenters. This lecture will examine several extraordinary buildings in detail and explore construction technologies that developed during the Edo Period (1600-1868).


Framing a New Elegance: The World of George T. Marsh and His Japanese House

March 28, 2017 (Tuesday)

Originally conceived by art dealer George T. Marsh as an exotic setting by which to entice his clients to buy curiosities, The Huntington’s Japanese House is a rare and beautiful remnant of a transformational moment in design history. Hannah Sigur, Santa Clara University, shows how Marsh and his house provide a focal point for the international coterie of people, expositions, objects, and above all the distant country that sparked a radical and permanent break with the past, making Japanese aesthetics the basis of good taste.


The Lives of a Memorial Building: from Nara and Beyond

April 25, 2017 (Tuesday)

Some of the oldest timber structures that survive in Japan are a group of small buildings built in Nara in the eighth century to commemorate important patrons of Buddhism. Jun Hu, assistant professor of art history at Northwestern University, will explore the meanings and functions of this peculiar architectural typology in eighth-century Japan, tracing its origins in China, and its development as a feature of Japanese Buddhist architecture.


Katsura, Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture, Photographs by Yasuhiro Ishimoto

Yasufumi Nakamori, Curator and Head of the Department of Photography and New Media, The Minneapolis Institute of Art

May 23, 2017 (Tuesday)

The 1960 publication Katsura: Tradition and Creation in Japanese Architecture was a seminal photographic publication about the relationship of modernity and tradition in postwar Japan. In this talk, Dr. Nakamori will explore Yasuhiro Ishimoto’s original photographs, his vision of Katsura, and the influence of architect Kenzo Tange (1913-2005) who used Ishimoto’s images to point the way to a new direction in Japanese architecture.


Visit the online calendar for additional event information or contact Michelle Bailey at

Generous support for this series was provided by the Justin Vajna Memorial Fund for Educational Programs in the Chinese Garden.





Poetry in the Chinese Garden

Taking students to a museum or garden is a wonderful way to encourage their appreciation for, and understanding of, our natural and cultural heritage. The Huntington offers field trips designed to deeply engage students in their personal learning experiences and bring their studies to life. In the "Poetry in the Chinese Garden" program, students use poetry as an entry point to the culture of Chinese gardens, immersing themselves in the garden experience. They compare Chinese and Western landscape styles, learn about the role of literature in the garden, and create and share their own two-line poems inspired by what they see. More about school programs.


Chinese Garden Discovery Cart 

Discovery Carts are engaging and educational mobile exhibits that offer new learning experiences to garden visitors. The Chinese cart encourages visitors to learn through culturally-themed activities involving Chinese opera masks, traditional Chinese instruments, poetry, Chinese apothecary, architecture, and Chinese tea preparation all which highlight the scholars garden.

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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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