Classic Chinese garden in Suzhou of Song dynasty style. For all but the poor the center of the courtyard was laid out as a garden. While the buildings are geometrically regular, the gardens are irregular offering a naturalistic vision of the countryside beyond. This represents a quest for yin-yang balance where the regular and geometric walls and buildings are yang while the garden in yin. Winding paths; glazed plant pots; water and rocks are important elements of the traditional garden.