For over thousand years, Chinese scholars and craftsmen have recognized aesthetically humankind's relationship with rocks and their worship for rocks. As products of natural forces, rocks are collected and displayed to beautify the daily routine and emotion. Surrounded by architecture, furniture and plants, rocks are appreciated with their natural beauty.Chinese scholars have long been strongly educated and influenced by the philosophies of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. They believe that appreciating and being exposed to natural elements is one of the key components to maintain a good health and a pleasant mind. Being harvested from nature, rocks seize the hearts of Chinese scholars with their inspiration, elegance and eternity.
The major types of scholar's rocks include Lingbi from Anhui Province, Taihu from Lake Tai in the area south of the Yangtze River, Yingshi, coloured pebbles in the regions of Yellow River, Dahua from Guangxi Province and Petrified wood.
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