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The Classical Gardens of Suzhou

Address: No.12 Gongyuan Road, Canglang District, Suzhou 215006, China
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Ranked #1 of 201 Attractions in Suzhou
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I've travelled around China quite a bit over the years but never have I seen something that impressed me as much as the Suzhou gardens. Sorry, not sure of the names of the various gardens we went to as was taken around by my wife's cousin and was out of the linguistic loop. I have to admit to being relatively... More 

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Machesney Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I like the scenery. Zhuozhengyuan is classical. Liuyuan is a little small. Shizilin, children like it. these are all crowded at weekends. You can visit in week days. Or choose non-famous Ouyuan, Wangshiyuan, Canglangting, Huqiu which are relaively not so crowded, quiet and beautiful. I do not like too much walking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

First, he wasn't that humble and built a sprawling yet charming rock-water garden. Westerners may find this type garden different and hard to enjoy but that may because of the large numbers of visitors. IMO, while in Suzhou visit one of the "big four" or famous gardens and then pick out a small to see. For me, this approach proved... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I like the lingering garden best. It is not very big but delicated. Also there are some free ancient instruments performance. Very good to go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We visited the "Garden of the Master of Nets", the "Humble Administrator's Garden" and the "Panamen Gardens". These are some of the beautiful classical gardens of Suzhou. Of the three that we visited, all were beautiful but I believe that I liked the "Garden of the Master of Nets" best. While it was the smallest, it was also the most... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

As the saying goes, "Gardens in the south of Yangtze River are the best in the world, and Suzhou gardens are the best among them." Said to cost a boatload of silver and taken sixteen years to build, elegantly and artistically layout landscape greet eager visitors to this classical garden of Orient. Many a visitors have commented that this is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The Classical Gardens of Suzhou is also named as Humble Administration Garden. I would say this is the Must Go garden in Suzhou compare to others when time is limited. Many people were selling the Garden's entrance ticket and also "tour guides" that offering tour guide services along the way before you manage to get to the Official Ticketing Counter.... More 

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Suzhou, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Yes, these gardens are classical. But not what you expect when you visit an ancient city like Suzhou. The gardens are really quite plain and fell way short of the well preserved area I had in mind. Not at all peaceful and a bit dirty in places. Add in the crowds and noise and you feel like your on the... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

had not that much time, but the Suzhou gardens are a must see. well looked after. Great historic heritage

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The World Heritage Site gardens are lovely, and well worth the time. Most are very inexpensive. Don't be in a rush, bring some tea with you to drink as you look at the inevitable ponds and rock sculptures.

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