Cleaning up the South Garden

The South Garden

The other day I was asked by a visitor who does the raking in the gardens, and now I know! It is usually left up to the two young monks in the picture above, but I hear that the day this picture was taken the staff members in charge of Chinese support (also the writers of the official Chinese blog) got to try their hands at it, too! I admit it, I’m a little envious…

With good weather the gardens usually hold up for a while without additional raking, but with the rain and an event held in the palace area recently the gravel in the South Garden was a mess. Apparently it takes a lot of focus to make sure the lines don’t start curving this way and that. I’d be interested in giving it a try… but only when the weather is nice!