San Jose Chinese Garden Oasis

Back in the summer I was working in San Jose and went by a formal Chinese Garden in one of its parks. It was very interesting as I have mostly seen Japanese Gardens and one walled Chinese Garden in Portland. While there are similar plants and design themes, you could tell there were subtle differences but not be able to put your finger on what exactly those are.

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The entry gate was spectacular

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It had a nautical theme

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The entry area was very formal

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So ordered

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With wildlife galore

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A very old maple

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There were several large ponds, usually with islands in the middle, like this one with the emanating concentric circles

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This bridge was so vibrant

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I think this shot gives it justice

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A little hill with sitting area

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What is this fluffy tree?

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I think they call it a smoke tree

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A heron or egret on the rocks, I think it is a rescue bird

 

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Close-up

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And some ducks

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Lots of koi as well

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Very zen, no?

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This pond was very smooth

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This stone was full of sparkling minerals

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The walkway crosses the ‘creek’

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Which then cascades into another pond

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A zigzag bridge, asian gardens often stay away from straight line bridges

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Some flowering lotus

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A yellow close-up

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Another beautiful bird preening

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Big, old, fat koi

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Turtle island with bonsai style pine

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Another beautiful cascade

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Next time, an urban farm remnant of the Santa Clara Valley’s agricultural past.

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One Response to San Jose Chinese Garden Oasis

  1. Mary says:

    Oh, my gosh, how beautiful! I had no idea there was someplace like this so close to us. We always look for places like this when we go to other places and don’t think to look in our own backyard. I especially like the bonsai on Turtle island.

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