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Humble Administrator's Garden

No.178 Northeast Road, Pingjiang District, Suzhou 215001, China
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Ranked #2 of 198 attractions in Suzhou
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, National Parks, Historic Sites
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Stunning garden a stone's throw away from the main canal in Suzhou. Definitely worth a visit. I walked around without a tour guide for at least two hours, and I don't think I saw everything. At the end of the recommended route there's a little museum about the designing and creation of the garden. Also, don't miss the silk embroidery... More

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Perth, Australia
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Classical Chinese gardens, lots of nice pavilions and water features. What a shame the Chinese tour guides find it necessary to use those megaphones. I think the only reason their people cant hear them is because another guide close-by is using their megaphone - shouting to be heard because of the shouting. It sure detracts significantly from the ambience of... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I had the opportunity to visit the Humble Administrator's Garden while I was in Suzhou, China. It is a perfect example of Chinese design. Beautiful stone walkways surround the garden with countless specimens of flowers and architecture. It is centuries old, but has been preserved to showcase its glory. A self-guided tour will take several hours and is well worth... More

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Although I do not have a green thumb myself, I love gardens and have visited some of the best in Europe, Asia, and North America. The Humble Administrator's Garden is certain on the short list of the best gardens I've ever seen. It is true that there are a lot of people. We visited at noon and should have arrived... More

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

According to the brief history I read, the land was originally owned by a Tang dynasty scholar. In the Yuan dynasty became the Dahong’s temple garden and later burned in the Ming dynasty. Finally, the humble administrator, Tao Yuanming, took ownership and built the garden was made famous by the poet, Wen Zhengming. Why the administrator was humble is not... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Zhou Zheng Yuan is a beautiful place which has kept it's past in tact and in its original form even after so many years, great for photography! You get an insight to a a typical garden and home of the early empires and you get a breath of the past glory and tranquillity much enjoyed by any of is visitors... More

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

cost RMB70, in downtown, from hotel to there around 20 mins by taxi. Also can take the metro, but need to change to taxi again. very nice garden

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Shenyang, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Humble Administrator's Garden is located close to the Suzhou Museum. It's a very huge and beautiful garden. Even though I went there in Winter, but the flowers and trees were still blooming beautifully. The garden is so huge that you will need some time to explore it. It's comprised of gazebos, ponds, flowers, trees, and there is even a bonsai... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I enjoyed my time at the Humble Administrator's garden. It is a large and beautiful place to visit. The mix of water, buildings, walkways, and plants is very interesting. I never realized there were so many types of bonsai either.

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Luzon, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

A really nice garden. Authentic Chinese design and landscape and the receiving rooms makes you wonder why they called it humble administrators garden when this is place is not humble at all with its beauty. You can actually stay a long time here if you are a photo enthusiast catching really great shots. And even if you are just an... More

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