Lanting (Orchid Pavilion) is famous for "The Preface to the Orchid
Pavilion Anthology", which was written by wang Xizhi, known as the
Eastern-Jin's "calligrapher-sage", on March the third of 353 AD. The
anthology has since been regarded as a treasure to be unequaled in
value on the art of calligraphy. Therefore, the Orchid Pavilion has
been well reputed as a sacred place of calligraphy for over 1600 years.
The place nestles against green hills covered with luxuriant trees and
dense bamboo groves. Around Lanting are murmuring crystal-clear streams
. In the garde the five architectures-the Geese Pond Pavilion, the Wine
-cup Floating Pavilion, the Lanting Tablet, the Imperial Stone Tablet
Pavilion and the Right Wine-cup Floating Pavilion, the Lanting Tablet,
the Imperial Stone Tablet Pavilion and the Right Wing Army General
Temple are fine works of art.