large Courtyard and
a beautiful Screen Wall
|The idea of the Screen
Wall is widespread in China. It is related to ideas of feng
shui, about the "power lines" of good and bad luck.
On a more practical level, the
wall in may situations provides privacy from the street. And
certainly a wall as attractive as this one adds to the atmosphere
of the site it "protects."
The large courtyard may seem odd
to the visitor on a quiet day. At holiday time, however,
it's usefulness is clearly seen. On my New Year visit, there
was even a police box placed in the courtyard!