China-Malaysia Friendship Garden
A monumental milestone has been marked to strengthen the warm and cordial relationship between Malaysia and China with the setting up of a China-Malaysia Friendship Garden in the city of Dongguan.
It is not just any garden, it is a mutual manifestation and symbol of respect and honour to the diplomatic relations between the two countries, since the last visit of Allahyarham (The Late) Tun Haji Abdul Razak, the second Prime Minister of Malaysia to China 40 years ago.
One of the early initiatives that Tun Razak’s son, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak, the current and the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia, did when he came into office was to reinforce the already cemented relations with Beijing.
This has impressed the Chinese Government and their prefectural Governments in China all over to further understand the long traditions of friendship and diplomatic relations both countries had enjoyed over four decades.
In a statement issued by the Dongguan city prefecture Government, it said the China-Malaysia Friendship Garden is similar to the one that is set up in Putrajaya, which is called Malaysia-China Friendship Garden, a Lingnan-styled garden complete with distinctive Chinese elements and character, located at Anjung Floria.
The garden in Dongguan city is named Zhi Yuan. Zhi means the aquaintance of friends while Yuan takes a symbolic meaning as an alluring scene of a meeting point, embodying the concept of “one view, same direction”.
China-Malaysia Friendship Garden - Anjung Floria Putrajaya
The 0.6 acre (0.24 hectare) garden is sited on the permanent grounds of the annual Putrajaya Flower and Garden Festival known as Royal FLORIA Putrajaya, making it the first permanent component of the festival.
The Friendship Garden was developed in collaboration with The Malaysia-China Friendship Association (PPMC) to symbolise the 40th anniversary of good bilateral relations between Malaysia and China.
A brief but meaningful ground breaking ceremony was officiated by by Mr.Hu Chunhua, Member Of The Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee & Party Secretary Of The CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee and Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr.) Aseh Hj Che Mat, President of Putrajaya Corporation on 20th April 2014.
They planted two trees, the Michelia alba or White Campaka which are growing in the garden today as testament to the ground breaking ceremony. Michelia alba is the official flower of Dongguan City.
The overall plan of the garden is based on the style of a Lingnan Garden that comprises six major elements – mountain, water, stone, building, calligraphy and plants. Utilising landscape limestone from Yingde County in Guangdong Province to construct the mountain scenery, cliff and pool layout, the gentle slope and the spacious cornice, the tower, the deserted lane, the decorative carvings, the contrast of blue, green and yellow colours, the corridor of the bridge and the unique flowers and plants overlooking the scenic lake, together they bring out conspicuously the traditional characteristics of this Friendship Garden.
Paved with coloured bricks and stones, with winding corridors, luxuriant trees, flourishing flowers, exquisite courtyards, and a pavilion reserved for renowned calligraphers and painters, this garden stands erected as a testimony to the long-lasting friendship between China and Malaysia.
Both gardens are indeed a monumental milestone to continue cherishing the excellent relations of both countries. It is hoped that the cemented relations will encourage more interactions between the people of both countries.
Currently, there are about 30 Malaysian companies investing in Dongguan with total trade volume exceeded US3.07 billion. Asean nations have become the 3rd largest trading partner and the 2nd biggest investor in the prefecture city.