Ruins of a classical Chinese garden landscape of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) have beendiscovered at a construction site in Chengdu, capital of Southwest China's Sichuan province,according to Sichuan Daily on Sunday.
Although the archaeological excavation on the site began in March, the ruins were found onlyrecently.
So far, an area of 2500 square meters has been excavated, with a well, three ditches, and anartificial pond been discovered.
Meanwhile, a lot of chinaware for daily usages, few stone inscriptions related to Buddhism, andconstruction elements have also been unearthed at the site.
The three ditches of the landscape garden, which stretches about 90 meters, convene at a damand then connect to the artificial pond.
"The main body of the ruins should be an architectural group of landscape style from the period ofTang Dynasty (AD 618-907) or Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (AD 907-960)," said Yi Li, anexpert from Chengdu archaeological team.
Based on the evidences, archaeologists concluded that the ruins might be a part of the gardenlandscape in Wanfo Temple.
The historical site of Wanfo Temple, or Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, is situated not faraway from the ruins. It is an ancient monastery with more than one thousand year history locatedoutside the northwest gate of ancient Chengdu, firstly constructed in Five Dynasties and TenKingdoms and destroyed in the warfare in late Ming (1368-1644) and early Qing dynasties(1644-1911).（from Chinadaily）