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The Classical Gardens of Suzhou

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Address: NO. 12 Gongyuan Road, Suzhou 215006, China
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Phone Number: 86512962015
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Suzhou Day Tour: Lion Grove Garden and Pingjiang Road with Canal Boat Ride
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A popular but worthwhile place.

I enjoyed moving through the classical gardens in Suzhou despite the crowds. There was a lovely cooling breeze that came off the ponds and people seemed to all be enjoying... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed moving through the classical gardens in Suzhou despite the crowds. There was a lovely cooling breeze that came off the ponds and people seemed to all be enjoying themselves. Great to have someone with you to tell you the history as you move through. Recommended:-)

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Mission Viejo, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I would plan to include this and Liu Yuan if you like Humble Admin Garden. I actually like the smaller ones just becuase of the crowd is less. :)

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, it was crowded. I have to say, the crowd and their lack of etiquette may put you off. However I enjoyed the beauty and greenery of these gardens. I went to Lingering Garden, Lion Grove Garden and Lotus Garden. Love the greens, the water and also the traditional Chinese architecture. I can now understand why the Emperors of the... More 

Thank HanJTan
Tampere, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An ancient garden with the leaning tower, Tiger Hill. The garden is on the Unesco world heritage list.Dating from the 11th-19th century.

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Kitchener, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

I went mid day and it seems the entire population of China went at the same time. This is not true but really was super crowded and just not work the time, the grounds were just as crowded as the lines outside.. So if you see a big line outside then inside is going to be exactly the same and... More 

1 Thank alexmac131
New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

You may want to stroll through them in an idle afternoon, provided that you don't have to actually pay for entry. The reality is otherwise! There is a moderate entrance fee, the place is crowded and too touristy. Visiting the Watertown is a better idea.

1 Thank meetisv
Sibu, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

A good place for travellers to take photos. There are rocks that are irregular in shapes. I like to sit or hide in the rocks to take creative photos there.

1 Thank kennethyha
Penang Island, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

The Çouple's Retreat Garden or also known as Ou Yuan is a tranquil place with couuryards, pond and beautiful landscaped rock garden, beautiful ancient trees and flowersThe Couple's Retreat Garden is divided in 3 sections - Eastern Garden, Middle Mansion and Western Garden. The Garden is surrounded on three sides by a canal. You can take a short row boat... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

A must visit if you are in this part of the world. Actually, these could be the reason for you to be here!

1 Thank Jonathan S
Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Must see in Suzhou. Wonderful composition of the garden. Concept of diffrent parts for each season of the year makes visit very enjoyable. Highly recommended.

1 Thank Wojtek M

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