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Yuzi Paradise

Nestled amongst 1320 acres in the beatific landscape of the Guilin Hills, Yuzi Paradise, one of the world’s largest modern sculpture gardens, has been created as a living demonstration of yin and yang, the unity of opposites that is the cornerstone of Chinese philosophy. The art park, whose name means « Fool’s paradise », was started by Tsao Rhy-Chang as a means of giving back to life after having gained his fortune in running a large funerary complex near Taipei. Developed in conjunction with sculptor Shiau Jon-jen, who attended the Sorbonne and l’Ecole des Beaux Arts, they have commissioned over 200 works by 140 artists from 47 countries. The pieces were brainstormed during eleven International Sculpture Symposia and then built at the extensive atelier within the property. As its current director, Tsao Guang-Tsann, wants to create an environment full of life, several other structures have been added to the site, including two hotels that have redefined the standards of luxury for the region. Future plans for Yuzi Paradise include a series of Art Caves that will be carved into the hillside to accommodate further exhibition spaces but also as an invitation for its guests to reflect. As Tsao Guang-Tsann explains “We’ve spent some time thinking about what persists after death. What is eternal? The answer is art.”