Suzhou Garden in China
In China, gardens were created in the same way as a combination of landscape and paintings together with poems - this was the so-called "poetic garden." In fact there is a saying which goes, “the garden is an artistic recreation of nature; a landscape painting in three dimensions.” Many seek to attain an effect which adhere to Daoist principles of balance & harmony, man & nature. The design of Chinese gardens was to provide a spiritualutopia for one to connect with nature, to come back to one's inner heart, to come back to ancient idealism. Chinese gardens are a spiritual shelter for people, a place they could be far away from their real social lives, and close to the ancient way of life, their true selves, and nature. For some, this was an escape from the frustration and disappointment of the political problems in China. They used plants as symbols. Bamboo was used in every traditional Chinese garden. This is because bamboo represents a strong but resilient character. The chrysanthemum is used to symbolize splendor, luster and "the courage to make sacrifices for a natural life".