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Suzhou is an ancient, civilized and beautiful city with a history going back 2,500 years. The gardens here are well-known throughout the world. With over 170 gardens and sites such as the Lion Grove Garden, the blue waves(Canglang)Pavilion, the Humble Administrator's Garden, they represent the quintessence of the gardens found in the southern area of Jiangsu Province and demonstrate the varied styles of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasty.

The Humble Administrator's Garden

The Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou, Jiangsu province The Humble Administrator's Garden, Zhuozhengyuan, located at the northeast street of Suzhou City, is the biggest garden of Suzhou City and the representative of Suzhou gardens, which has won the fame of "Reputed Garden in the South of China" and "Cream Among the Gardens". About three-fifths of the garden is a water area and most of the major buildings were built beside water, they are simple and elegant. The garden is divided into three parts-east, middle and west. The best sections of the garden are the middle parts. These areas of the garden are quite beautiful and are a great place to stroll, people-watch or take pictures, as the greenery, flowing water and the antique pavilions have a relaxing effect.

Canglang Pavilion is located in the southern part of Suzhou, and is one of the four most famous gardens of the city. Canglang Pavilion is the oldest of the Suzhou gardens that can be traced back to the Northern Song Dynasty (906-1127).

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During that part of history, a scholar Su Shunqing was demoted and sent to Suzhou. He bought the garden and built the pavilion in a setting adjacent to water that was on the property that would enhance the beauty of the garden. The garden was then named Canglang Pavilion in honor of his namesake, Canglang Wong.

Unique Features

Unlike other gardens, Canglang Pavilion emphasizes the harmony between man made buildings and the natural environment. Before entering the garden, you can see beautiful scenery composed of a green water pool that is surrounded by a growth of weeping willows.

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In the garden you will see incredible man made rock formations that are divided into two parts. On the eastern side, the earth has been mixed with natural yellow stones and built in such a manner that it resembles a natural hill. On the western side, exquisite stones from the lake have been used to create another naturally appearing hill. Both of these rock formations have been planted with green trees and viridian bamboos that add to the beauty of the scene and create the sensation of walking in a primitive mountain forest. There are also winding corridors with pavilions that link the hills and pools together. As you walk along these corridors that follows a path alongside the unique stone formations and strategically planted ancient trees, it seems as if you were walking in a primitive forest. The architectures that have been built in the garden are simply and classically designed which present a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) style.

The Lion Grove Garden

Fisherman's Garden in Suzhou, Jiangsu province The Lion Grove Garden lies along the Yuanlin Road in the city, famous for its artificial hills accumulated by the exquisite and skillfully shaped stones from the Tai Lake, displaying leonine forms throughout the garden, hence the name of the garden. It is not large but well arranged and there are hills in the southeast while there is water in the northwest with long winding corridors, the towers and patios faintly visible in a distance.

Lingering Garden (Liuyuan)

Lingering Garden in Suzhou, Jiangsu province Built in 1525, this three-hectare garden is located outside Changmen Gate. The garden is compactly laid out, consisting of four sections linked by a winding corridor of over a thousand meters.

Fisherman's Garden (Wangshiyuan)

This smallest garden in Suzhou is situated at Shiquan Street outside Fengmen Gate in southeast Suzhou. It was built in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) and rebuilt during the reign of Emperor Qian Long (1736-1795) of the Qing Dynasty. It was designed in a style which integrates the garden with the residence. The garden is divided into three areas. The main garden lies in the middle with a pool at its center encircled by trees, flowers, manmade hills, rocks, and buildings. Around the square pool and Shoot Duck Corridor (Sheyalang), Zhouying Water Pavilion, and stone bridges, all erected close to the water to reinforce the feeling of the broadness of the pond. The western area is an inner garden used by the owner for reading, banqueting, and meeting friends. The residence lies to the east. Visitors to this remarkable garden get the feeling that there are "gardens inside the garden and new scenery beyond the scenery."

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