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The Classical Gardens of Suzhou

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Address: No.12 Gongyuan Road, Canglang District, Suzhou 215006, China
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disapointing to see copies of antiques otherwise fascinating garden designs and wonderfully laid out ponds

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Laurence M

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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

disapointing to see copies of antiques otherwise fascinating garden designs and wonderfully laid out ponds

Thank Laurence M
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17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

A small garden, relative to other gardens, within walking distance from Pingjiang rd going east, South of Suzhou zoo. admission fee is 20 rmb, it is a smaller Lion Forest Garden. Entrance is on a canal. After your visit, you could continue walking east, go over a walking bridge. To your right (South,) you see the city wall and tower.... More 

Thank Mariam M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Went there in july and there were quite a few tourists, but still enjoyable and not too crowded. The place was big and there were lots to explore. The gardens were lovely, and the architecture was interesting and beautiful.

Thank Christina Z
Shanghai Region, China
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13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

I don't really know if it was a great experience or not...and that is because I couldn't fully enjoy the garden. Maybe it was because of the noisy people, it was very crowded and I couldn't take many pictures. Not to mention it's too pricey. I don't know if it's like this all the time, but maybe because is Suzhou's... More 

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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

This is one of the finest gardens I have ever seen, and I went in the winter, still gorgeous. The carved jade map at entrance is amazing in itself, The Bonsai collection is the best I have ever seen.. Highly recommended.

Thank Rod M
London, United Kingdom
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

It wasn't the best weather when we came here, but even then... its really beautiful, and great to learn about Chinese gardens.

Thank Soph_Explore
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

Visited as part of an organized tour and was thoroughly surprised as how large and beautiful the gardens are. A beautiful location to visit and explore with many different buildings and garden motifs. Really enjoyed stilling through the many buildings and especially the bonsai collection. Would be bad during inclement weather

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Aiken, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

The Canglang and Ke gardens are opposite the Museum of Steles/Confucian Temple, where an antiques/gem market is held on Sundays. Easily accessible by bus and well worth the trip. The setting is on a broad stretch of water and very different from other classical gardens.

Thank BostonGCC
Rahway, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Suzhou has become a large city, but the canal and the several classical gardens are worth a visit. We had a guide, but wanted to go slower, since a lot of the whole idea of a Chinese Garden is not just that a collection of plants and waters, but a fully designed experience. The garden planner sets up controlled views,... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

It's not the biggest garden in China, but it's full of asian architech beauty, and full of small surprises. the ticket is a bit expensive, but you can take you time in here

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