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Home Improvements - Moon Gates - Garden Entrances

Updated on February 12, 2014

I love gardens - the flowers, the art work and the various structures.  Unique to the Chinese culture is a very special garden structure that I recently came across and wished to share with you - moon gates.

A moon gate is a garden structure that originated in China. A sign of great wealth and prosperity for the upper class in China that still holds true throughout the world today - from China to Bermuda to the United States. It is an impressive and expensive structure to design and create. What does it do besides add beauty to the garden? It is a decorative structure that invites the visitor to the garden - typically located at the entrance into the garden.

In China, the structure has a spiritual meaning - every piece of the tile and every single shape means something. The sloping roof is said to represent the half moon of the Chinese Summers and the tips of the tiles have a talisman ("A talisman (from Arabic طلاسم Tillman , ultimately from Greek telesma or from the Greek word "telein" which means "to initiate into the mysteries") is an amulet or other object considered to possess supernatural or magical powers.").

The Moon Gate Circle

The circle is a symbol of perfection to the Chinese, who have a saying, "Flowers are beautiful when the moon is full."

The Good Luck of the Moon Gate

It is said that a moon gate brings good luck to all who pass through it....

Moon Gate - Garden Entrance

The elaborate garden entrance design of the moon gate was mimicked in the British tropical climate of many of the Bermuda gardens.

The principal difference between the Bermuda moon gate and the Chinese moon gate is often the Bermuda moon gate is open or free-standing.  On occasion, a low wall may be attached.

In China, the moon gate is typically connected to a wall or solid enclosure as soon in the photo above.

Moon Gates Around the World - Bermuda China and United States

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As an avid gardener, I had never heard of a Moon Gate. After traveling China, I still was not fully aware of this structure. When I was writing about Bermuda I came across this term and researched it and found it fascinating.

I wanted to share my findings with you. I hope you enjoyed the beauty of this Asian treasure and like me have a new appreciation for this garden art form.


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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      DeBorrah K. Ogans,

      It was a big surprise for me the avid gardener! See what we learn on Hub Pages - never ceases to amaze even us the writers!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      7 years ago

      GrandmaGoldie, Wonderful! What a lovely idea for the garden! Thank you for this informative and helpful hub!

      Peace & Blessings!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      You and me both - as a big gardener and a person who was privileged to have traveled to China, I was astounded that I never knew about these great garden features - I walked right past them!

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      7 years ago

      This is the first I've heard of moon gates. They look fantastic!

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      7 years ago

      China is unique in their arrangements of flora. Here in the states we have tried in several cities to plant similar gardens and open them to the public. We have the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL. The garden is truly beautiful and is well kept.


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