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This article examines the description of the Changchun Garden in eighteenth-century Beijing, featured in Matteo Ripa's Storia della Fondazione della Congregazione e del Collegio de' Cinesi. An Italian missionary at the court of the Kangxi Emperor, Ripa had a chance to see and describe both the imperial parks and the intricacies of Chinese court etiquette. His detailed account, a precious source of information on the Changchun park, was accompanied by commentaries aimed at explaining thedoi:10.18290/rh21699-9 fatcat:whntp57fofd6bfqvoobzq53fhm