The Astor Court is an experience that will bring you back to Ancient China physically and mentally. Let's start off with the entrance. It is an elegant yet unique one that represents culture and beliefs. The gate itself represents the whole universe, while the square is the four cardinal directions and the Earth in the cosmos. Once you enter this gate, they say you enter another universe. This "universe" is filled with all sorts of symbolic things that represent wu-wei (being free flowing) and an un-carved block, neutral. Now, we'll talk about these symbols and other key terms they relate to.