The garden is one of the four most well-known classic Chinese gardens. It is closely laid out and famous for its piled rocks. The garden was originally the home for the Monk Shi Tao, a famous Buddhist Monk and painter in the Qing Dynasty. Later, a salt merchant bought the villa and did a critical renovation by planting enormous amount of bamboos. The garden was given its name as the shape of bamboo leaves looks like the Chinese Character “Ge”.
He Garden (He Yuan /her ywen/), which is also known as Jixiao Mountain Villa, features a winding corridor that brings visitors to every corner of the site. Built in the Qing Dynasty, this garden has influences of both traditional Chinese gardens and western architectural and garden styles, making it one of the best east-meets-west gardens in the country.