Construction of Chinese pavilion complete - The Stratford Observer

Construction of Chinese pavilion complete

CONSTRUCTION of the Chinese pavilion in Stratford is complete.

The peony pavilion has been built by Chinese craftsmen in Firs Garden over the past three weeks.

It is a typical symbol for the work of Shakespeare’s contemporary Tang Xianzu and of a token of love.

The seven metre structure is made from a variety of materials including timber, stone, clay, slate and intricate wood carvings.

To accompany the peony pavilion – also a name of a popular Tang Xianzu play – is an inscription depicting the love story which has been passed down for more than 400 years.

The town was gifted the structure by Fuzhou city where a replica Shakespeare’s Birthplace and other local landmarks are being constructed.

Its placement in the Firs Garden has been the subject of much controversy since residents feared it could become a focus for attract anti-social behaviour and would be out of keeping with the surroundings.

But Stratford District Council bosses remain convinced it will become a tourist attraction and give a boost to a park they have called ‘underdeveloped’.

The pavilion is currently fenced off but will be unveiled on Friday April 26 as part of the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations weekend.

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