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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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Beautiful and relaxing.

This is a beautiful garden set in an old part of Suzhou. Peaceful and tranquility personified. We spent approx 1.5 hours viewing the various areas of the garden. Also had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Dunedin, New Zealand
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful garden set in an old part of Suzhou. Peaceful and tranquility personified. We spent approx 1.5 hours viewing the various areas of the garden. Also had Chinese tea and peanuts for morning tea. Interesting old area around the gardens to explore and also some shops. We bought an old carved stone stamp from one of them.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The location of this beautiful, classical and serene gardens, also should be explored (probably later) as one can see the old-era style houses besides the canal. Once you enter the garden, it is advisable to follow the 'recommended route' on the tourist sign post, as one can easily get lost in the sprawling gardens. Again highly recommended to go there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Oh my this place is amazing! This is the first time i go here. This place is very traditional! From the elegant and wonderfully crafted roofs to the clear and fresh water, this place makes me feel that im in the ancient days of China!! Althouh the weathers a bit hot because its in summer, well you cant miss this... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is true that China has so many classical garden houses and some of them are popular because they are located in big metropolitan like Beijing and Shanghai. But the best of them all are located in Suzhou. The recommended ones are: 1. Humble Administrator's Garden (Suzhou’s largest garden and considered the archetype of classical garden design) 2. Lingering Garden... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must-see for Suzhou area. Former residence of wealthy family converted to public gardens. Outstanding Chinese bonsai collection not to be missed! Lotus pads, fountains, etc.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Not like any other gardens you would have seen Some similarities to Japanese garden but still with their own distinctive character & atmosphere Lots of "nooks & crannies" and little distinctive areas to discover Crowds can be an issue so pick your times to maximise enjoyment

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Enjoyed walking around the gardens and see what it was likw when there were wealthy noble families in old China

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

The scenery is amazing, however it is a very popular place in Suzhou, so especially in the sunny day a lot of people come there. But still in my opinion it is the best attraction in the city.

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Blue Mountains, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

This is one of the most amazing cities we have visited. The contrasts from one side to the other are amazing. As are the gardens. I cannot add much to what others have stated, except you would have to be hard to please if you do not appreciate. Definitely a must see when visiting.

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Gandhinagar, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

A 30 minute train ride away from Shanghai are the Gorgeous classical Gardens of Suzhou. The unusual concentration of high quality Chinese gardens in a relatively small geographical area make Suzhou a stand-out. Chinese gardens differ markedly from Western and Islamic gardens- which tend to architecturalize the garden; the Chinese on the other hand romanticize the garden by taking the... More 

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