When you travel to Suzhou, you cannot miss the two gardens: Humble Administrator's Garden and Lingering Garden. The gardens in Suzhou are beautiful places and they are top attractions in Suzhou. Take your camera when you prepare to travel to Suzhou. There are lots of wonderful sights in the gardens in Suzhou. With a long history, Suzhou is famous for its classical garden. The history of gardens in Suzhou can be traced as far back as the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC - 476 BC). So, you will know more about the local culture in these gardens.
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou are a group of gardens in Suzhou region. Most of the gardens in Suzhou were built by scholars, they standardized many of the key features by designing with constructed landscapes mimicking natural scenery of rocks, hills and rivers with strategically located pavilions and pagodas. Great Wave Pavilion, Lion Grove Garden, Humble Administrator's Garden and Lingering Garden respectively represents the garden building style of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, which are called the four most famous gardens in Suzhou. But the Humble Administrator's Garden and Lingering Garden are among the four most famous classical gardens in China.
Humble Administrator's Garden, also called Zhuozheng Yuan, is a renowned Chinese garden in Suzhou. Covering about 52,000 sq. m. (559,723 sq. ft.), the Humble Administrator's Garden is the largest garden in Suzhou and is generally considered to be the finest garden in all of southern China. The garden was originally built in 1509 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644 A.D.). And today's garden consists of three parts: the central part, the eastern part and the western part.
The Humble Administrator's Garden was created upon the old relics of a resident and a temple. Water feature is the main background and its natural landscape includes small forests, hills and rock formations. It also has man-made pavilions, halls and parlors. The resident houses are typical of the style of Suzhou Local Residences and this feature can be seen in the Zhouzhuang water village. Nowadays, the site of the residences has been rebuilt as the Garden Museum. If you are interested it, please join the Shanghai/Suzhou with Tongli Water Town 5 Day Tour.
Occupying an area of 23,300 sq. m. (250,799 sq. ft.), Lingering Garden (Liuyuan) is located at 338 Liuyuan Rd. Suzhou. Possessing a typical Qing style, Lingering Garden is well-known for the exquisite beauty of its magnificent halls and various sizes, shapes and color of the buildings. Lingering Garden consists of the eastern, central, northern and western parts. Each part has its own beauty scenery. You can take a few hours to enjoy the picturesque scene and take photos in this place. The opening hours of the Lingering Garden are from 07:30 to 17:00. The admission fee is very reasonable. You can take Tourism Bus No. 1 & 2 to get there.
Traveling to Suzhou could be a fantastic part in your tours China. The top attractions in Suzhou can be the best places for photography.