A series of structures linked by a long, covered walkway are shown nestled into pine covered mountain slopes overlooking a mist shrouded valley. The vision is of a harmonious, inviting, and controlled environment. Replacing the immeasurable vastness of earlier Northern Sung ink landscape painting is a somewhat more limited and restrained view of nature reflecting the shift toward the poetic, intimate, and more impressionistic vision of the Southern Sung academy. Small works such as this, typically used as fan or album paintings, were intended for intimate, private viewing. Kept in libraries for personal enjoyment, they were never intended for public display as were the larger hanging scrolls.