Three magnificent “scholars' rocks” from the historic Quinling Mountains in central China traveled across the world and arrived at the Arboretum in Chanhassen one snowy day last December
The scholars’ rocks at the Arboretum are a gift from the People's Republic of China, Shaanxi Province and University of Science & Technology and will be incorporated into the Phase 2 construction of the new Chinese Garden. The rocks weigh from 7,000 - 32,000 pounds and are a key element in the traditional design of a classic Chinese gardens. One of the rocks features calligraphy of a couplet carved into it. The poetic inscription reads: 聚天地大美，蕴秦汉魂魄, which loosely translates into “Beauty of earth and sky united, Soul of Qinling Mountain forever dwelled.”
All who visit the Arboretum will be able to learn more about Chinese culture and traditions. A plaque at the Chinese garden will be installed recognizing the story of these magnificent rocks from the Qinling mountains and the friendship with the Chinese people.
Phase 2 construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2017. Meanwhile, the scholars’ rocks are temporarily housed in a parking lot near Three Mile Drive. When construction is completed, the rocks will be relocated to their permanent location, based on recommendations from a community advisory committee.
Consul General HONG Lei, Chinese Consulate General in Chicago, sent a nice note to the Arboretum saying, “We very much appreciate your strong support for a good relations between Minnesota and China! We will join hands with you!”