Where Dragon Veins Meet

Where Dragon Veins Meet: The Kangxi Emperor and His Estate at Rehe (University of Washington Press, 2020)

Author Stephen H. Whiteman discusses reconstructing an imperial garden with digital tools and the importance of spatial ideology in early eighteenth-century China.

key themes
  • Calligraphy, brush arts, and word-and-image
  • Landscape, gardens, and environment
  • Court art
  • Art and politics
  • Transcultural and transnational approaches
further reading
  • Cahill, James. The Compelling Image: Nature and Style in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Painting. Cambridge, MA:Harvard University Press, 1982.
  • Certeau, Michel de. “Spatial Stories.” In Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, translated by Steven Rendall, 115–130. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984.
  • Chang, Michael G. A Court on Horseback: Imperial Touring and the Construction of Qing Rule, 1680–1785. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2007.
  • Clunas, Craig. Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1996.
  • Cosgrove, Denis E. Social Formation and Symbolic Landscape. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998.
  • Crossley, Pamela Kyle. A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Imperial Ideology. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.
  • Elliott, Mark C. “The Limits of Tartary: Manchuria in Imperial and National Geographies.” Journal of Asian Studies 59:3 (2000): 603–46.
  • Forêt, Philippe. Mapping Chengde: The Qing Landscape Enterprise. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2000.
  • Hall, David L., and Roger T. Ames. “The Cosmological Setting of Chinese Gardens.” Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes 18:3 (1998): 175–86.
  • Harley, J. Brian. “Maps, Knowledge, and Power.” In The New Nature of Maps: Essays in the History of Cartography, edited by Paul Laxton, 51–83. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.
  • Mitchell, W. J. T. “Imperial Landscape.” In Landscape and Power, edited by W. J. T. Mitchell, 5–34. 2nd edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002.
  • Rawski, Evelyn S. “Presidential Address: Reenvisioning the Qing: The Significance of the Qing Period in Chinese History.” Journal of Asian Studies 55:4 (1996): 829–50.
  • Strassberg, Richard E., and Stephen H. Whiteman. Thirty-Six Views: The Kangxi Emperor’s Mountain Estate in Poetry and Prints. Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2016.
  • Upton, Dell. “Black and White Landscapes in Eighteenth Century Virginia.” In Material Life in America, 1600–1860, edited by Robert Blair St. George, 357–69. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1987.
  • Venturi, Robert, Denise Scott Brown, and Steve Izenour. Learning from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1977.
  • Vinograd, Richard. “Family Properties: Personal Context and Cultural Pattern in Wang Meng’s ‘Pien Mountains’ of 1366.” Ars Orientalis 13 (1982): 1–29.
  • Whiteman, Stephen. From Upper Camp to Mountain Villa: Recovering Historical Narratives in Qing Imperial Landscapes.” Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes 33:4 (2013): 249–79.
  • Yuan Senpo. “Qingdai kouwai xinggong de youlai yu Chengde Bishu shanzhuang de fazhan guocheng.” Qingshi luncong 2 (1980): 286–319.
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