We managed to visit 8 gaedens. The Humble Administator's, Lion Grove, Master of the Nets, Lingering Garen, Surging Wave Pavilion, Couple's Retreat, Garden of Harmony (On Yuan) and Ting Ling. The fist four are on coach party tours and it is best to try and be there at 7.30 when they open before the hordes arrive. The latter four are much calmer. We could not find the way in the The Mountaining View Embracing Beauty Garden evn though we walked along the outside of its wall for a distance and got lots of (conflicting) directions from locals. We were not let into the Haiyan Garden and I am not sure whether that was because it is not open to the public or it was just closed that day (we could see explanatory posters as at other gqardens, looking through the gate. It was slightly early in the year , blossom was just starting, magnolia, chery andcamellia but it was too early for Peonies. Indeed the gardens were at low season price until 15/4. I have never been anywhere with so many majorly important gardens so close to each other. It was like a yellow book day every day. Worth travelling for.
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