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The GUSU Garden is named after the ancient city of Suzhou, a city in south China known for its UNESCO-listed classical gardens. The Ministry of Commerce of China and the Municipal Government of Suzhou jointly offered the GUSU Garden to the WTO as a symbol of China’s long-lasting confidence in the multilateral trading system.
“This donation represents the enduring commitment of China to the WTO and the multilateral system. The GUSU Garden, which assimilates harmoniously with the architecture of the Centre William Rappard, will provide delegations and the Secretariat a good place for repose and meditation.” said Ambassador Yi Xiaozhun, Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the World Trade Organization.
Suzhou gardens have inspired generations of Chinese with their fine blend of delicacy, subtlety and elegance. Though smaller and less elaborate than the opulent imperial gardens and palaces, the elegant aesthetics of Suzhou garden represents a spirit of freedom and the harmony between humankind and nature valued by Chinese culture.
“We are very grateful to the Chinese and the people of Suzhou for this exceptional gift. This Garden represents both China's remarkable history and its promising future,” said Director-General Pascal Lamy, “The Garden is a good reminder of the values of integration and open trade.”
The construction of GUSU Garden started in August 2012. To ensure the authenticity of the garden, 111 tons of raw materials including wood, stones, tiles, stalagmites, pebbles were shipped directly from China. Eleven Chinese experts worked for over three months and completed the Garden by the end of 2012.
The WTO's headquarters, the Centre William Rappard is home to many artworks and symbolic gifts donated by members and organizations.
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