In this post I will provide an example how we should be very careful during the root cause analysis. Because sometimes you need to dig deeper to find the root.
During the CAST 2016, I visited Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. It consists of part where entrance is free, and close part with admission and included park guidance. TripAdvisor said that you can spent there 2 hours. As this was rather small park, my thought was I am done in 30 minutes. But guided tour proved me wrong.
My first impression was with water that was muddy. I was rather disappointed. Despite that, kai fish were happily swimming.
Before the tour I got free garden tour flyer. I skimmed it and found this about garden water:
The cloudy, jade green pond-water creates a tranquil atmosphere and reflects buildings, rocks and plants. A special clay pond liner intentionally creates the opaque colour. Jade is the favorite Chinese gemstone which symbolizes wealth and purity.
How about that, water was muddy on purpose so all the garden artifacts could be better reflected in it!
Every garden item has a story and symbolic meaning, rocks, buildings, window shapes. Two hours passed very fast, and I spend observing objects in water for some time.
Elements of a scholar’s garden:
- buildings represent human element
- rocks symbolize rugged landscapes and sculptural elements
- water reflects buildings, rocks and plants
- plants represent nature, their symbolic meaning has seasonal value
- words as naming of buildings and views