Suzhou Gardens, China
Suzhou Gardens is the most important attraction in the city of Suzhou, China. The Classical Gardens of gardens Suzhou are included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Getting to Suzhou Gardens
Suzhou is 86km away from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. From the Airport you can reach the Shanghai Railway Station by walk and take a bullet train to reach Suzhou. If you arrive at the Pudong International Airport, scheduled buses run from the airport and to Suzhou. You can take a taxi once you are in Suzhou.
Classical Gardens of Suzhou
The Classical Suzhou Gardens were designed by numerous scholars from 11th to 19th century. The gardens have a range of important features, which include the landscape imitating the natural scenery of rocks, rivers and hills. Art, nature and unique ideas are perfectly integrated to create these beautiful gardens.
Humble Administrator Garden – It is the largest and most impressive of the Suzhou Gardens. Originally designed by Lu Guimeng of the Tang Dynasty, the garden boasts of several pavilions and bridges that are set amidst a maze of connected islands and pools. It contains numerous buildings with precious old trees, tablets and Suzhou style penzai.
Masters of the Net Garden – A masterpiece Garden of Suzhou, the major attractions of include a Cypress tree that dated from the Ming Dynasty and a pine tree aged several centuries.
Garden of Cultivation – One of the best preserved garden examples of Ming Dynasty, the garden has several pavilions, stelae and tablets. The Lotus Pond in square shape has two water trails, which give the illusion of endless size.
Retreat and Reflection Garden – An innovative Suzhou garden where the building layout around the pool in the main courtyard utilizes a different style that places the buildings back from the edge of the waters and keeps the level of waters high.
Lion Grove Garden – This garden is renowned for the large grotto of rocks which look like lions. It was built in 1342 and is one of the few surviving ancient rock gardens in the world. The garden has two major parts- rockery around the pool and a housing complex. You can ancient specimen trees belonging to the Yuan Dynasty here. The Lion peak encircled by four other stones is the major attraction of this garden.