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“Don't bother - it should be closed for renovations” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Canglang Pavilion (Blue Wave Pavilion)

Canglang Pavilion (Blue Wave Pavilion)
No.3 Canglangting Road, Canglang District, Suzhou 215007, China
0512-65194375
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Ranked #25 of 302 things to do in Suzhou
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Sydney, Australia
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“Don't bother - it should be closed for renovations”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

No doubt this garden will be just lovely to visit when the workers finish but, unless you like your gardens wrapped in green netting, covered in bamboo scaffolding and smelling of dust and shellac, skip it and visit another one. You'll still be charged the full peak entry fee and half the garden is a construction site - not a pleasant place to be.

Visited September 2013
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Shanghai, China
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“Currently under renovation 8/2013, but still fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

The Surging Waves Pavilion is currently under construction, most likely through September 2013. Call first to check if the construction is finished if you want to see the garden in its original shape. On the other hand, if you are interested in the construction of Garden Buildings, now is the time to go.

Tourists are still allowed free run of the garden as of mid-August, and you can see beams and have views into the surrounding gardens that you would never see otherwise.

I have to say, after the initial shock of seeing all the construction going on, I was fascinated. Carved panels had been taken down for the refurbishing, and you could see directly into gardens and stands of bamboo that normally are quite blocked by carved windows. If you like to see construction and architecture and discover how these buildings are put together, and are a bit adventurous, now is the time to go.

Visited August 2013
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Suzhou, China
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“An oasis of peace and quiet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

The garden feels like a wonderful quiet and calm space in the centre of the city. We had a local guide who explained so many features to us and then took us to the Confucian Temple across the road next to Suzhou High School.

Visited April 2013
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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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“The coolest garden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

This garden has less of the obsessive-compulsive feel to it, and more of the natural lines that lend it an organic character. Of all the gardens we have been to in Suzhou, this one is one fo the best.

Visited January 2013
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Sacramento, California
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“Beautful small garden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

One of my favorite gardens in Suzhou. Away from the crowds, but easily accessed via the local city busses, it is on one of the main streets. You really appreciate the relaxing beauty of this place and it is easy to imagine the rooms filled with silk pillows and hangings, and elegantly dressed scholars and their beautiful consorts. The rooms have large arched celings of wood and stone. Really a lovely, uncrowded space.

Visited November 2012
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