The Chinese garden was built as permanent wargame module, where the buildings and trees etc are separate. The idea was that it works for a number of periods and genres, from actual Chinese history and legend through Victorian adventure, Pulp and spy games of the James Bond variety.
While it would be possible to do a conventional battle between two sides laid out for combat, the setting suggests assassination, treasure hunt games, quests or pursuits.
All the buildings etc are aquarium models repainted.
Most of the work was done in May, with the blossoms of my own garden and neighbourhood as inspiration. The trees, however, all came from China via eBay.