Ouyuan Garden
Ouyuan Garden
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Christina C
Coquitlam, Canada6,386 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
Ouyuan Garden (The Couple's Retreat Garden) was added to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in 2000. It took a little more than an hour from Shanghai to Ouyuen.
This is a typical wealthy or government official house. The house has 2 gardens, south side and east. This garden went through many owners and history and it eventually became run down. In 1960 the government of Suzhou city renovated the garden step by step restoring it to its former glory. The rocks, trees, flowers, stream and bridge in the Chinese garden is totally different than the western style, which gives people a very refreshing feeling. At the back door of the garden, you also can hop on a Chinese gondola for a short ride on the canal with singing for entertainment. We spent 3 hours there with a guide. Out of all the attractions that we went to, this was the quietest place. We relaxed and took photos without anyone in the way.
Happy Travelling!
Written June 9, 2015
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Roger K
Sydney, Australia537 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
The Couple's Retreat or Ouyuan Garden consists of a large residential complex , with smaller houses built in the middle of the layout, with two gardens to the east and the west, respectively. On three sides it is surrounded by a canals on three sides .

Walking through the many formal entries, rooms, courtyards , with connecting passageways, covered walkways, interconnecting with to some very small garden spaces, then to extensive recreations of natural landscape vista's, with water features, ponds, bridges, pathways and classic Chinese garden arrangements, you could easily slip back in time.

It can easily be seen and appreciated by all who visit, that this is a fine example of the classic Suzhou architecture and garden of the time. The site has been faithfully restored and formally recognized as an UNESCO World heritage site in 2000.

At the end of your visit you can return to the car park by sampan(for a small tip/fee) via a rear exit, which opens directly onto canal to the canal. The journey takes only minutes but it reminds you of the way the way former residents moved about the Suzhou of old.
Written May 24, 2016
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Manu J
Gandhinagar, India55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
Having visited the Humble Administrator's and Lion Forest Gardens earlier in the day, I was somewhat Garden fatigued by the time I made it to the Ouyuan in the evening. The smaller scale of the garden and the smaller crowds revived me, and I spent a happy 1.5 hours wandering the garden and soaking it all in. While the larger Gardens like the Humble Administrators and the Lion forest overwhelm you with their scale, the smaller scale of gardens like the Ouyuan allow the mind to register, absorb and process the million details that compose a Chinese garden. I loved the area around the water body, with its lovely touches like a pine tree artfully 'trained' to bow just so above the water, or the small pavilion above the water. Keep your eyes open for the incredible carved opening (pine + bamboo pattern) of the pavilion on the far end near the water body.
Written May 15, 2016
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60726Nicky_11
McLean, VA129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
When you tire of the larger Suzhou gardens and their crowds, come here. A magnificent not so little garden a pleasant walk of 10-15 minutes from a major Suzhou tourist thoroughfare. I hope there are only a few other tourists as there were when I visited. Consider a short boat ride on a canal. If you like this small gem, search out the even prettier and much less easy to find Yipu Garden across town.
Written November 25, 2013
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WengKeeLeong
Singapore, Singapore301 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Not sure how one should get there but we sort of stumbled across it while walking along Pingjiang Road. Compared to the Humble Administrator's Garden, for example, it is small but sufficiently large to make it worth walking through; probably makes it more attractive. Since it is Winter, there is hardly any bloom and it is chilly. On the other hand, there are few other visitors to crowd you!
Written December 22, 2019
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sbabones
Sydney, Australia237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
The "Couples Garden" is wonderful. It is the scale of a large home with grounds and feels like you could imagine living there. It's the sort of place that you look for the small details (be sure to look up as well as around!) rather than take lots of dramatic photos. Highly recommended.
Written January 20, 2016
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Patricia R
Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal180 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
This garden is hard to find, down an alley off Xi Bei Street. I suggest you bring the tourist map supplied by the Information Centre opposite the Suzhou Museum, and show it to locals as you go. They are happy to direct you, even when they speak no English, and you will eventually find the garden (as well as two others in the same general vicinity).
Unlike the UNESCO gardens, this serves as an active community centre, with meetings going on and families picnicking here and there. The water feature is much reduced and the plantings less lavish. The quality of the buildings is high but some rooms are closed or used for storage of chairs, documents, etc.
No admission fee. Local markets nearby.
Written November 28, 2015
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LaoM42
Leeds, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Business
One of the smaller gardens and more out of the way, but has the extra advantage of a boat trip, and for a small tip, some traditional boating songs.
Written May 15, 2015
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AndrewXJKT
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
Good that Ouyuan escape the radar screen of the usual tourists, especially the tour group. There were only less than 10 tourists inside when I was there as compare to other famous gardens which runs up to hundreds if not thousands.

This is a MUST for free and easy traveler to see the excellent layout of a Suzhou garden with all the carefully grown plants and flowers in a Suzhou mansion/garden. Every angle is a scene itself.

I would bring my friends there if I go Suzhou again.

it is also listed in the Unesco Heritage list.
Written September 16, 2014
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Buke W
Shenyang, China427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Solo
Ouyuan Garden may not on hot visiting list of Suzhou. Tourists tend to go to those grand and big and luxurious gardens. But Ouyuan deserves your time even though its fame is not as sound as others. It is located at the end of a very narrow branch lane of Pingjiang Road, here is its small gate, or backdoor. However you can also go through its main gate. Most travelers do. I recommend you try to find the backdoor in the labyrinth of small lanes around Pingjiang Road.
The garden itself is small, but very subtly designed containing all key elements for Suzhou Gardens. Less tourists make this place quieter so that you can start to feel the core of Suzhou Garden culture. It is a feeling of peace, zen, harmony, generally a very orient touch. Crowds of tourists and loud voices will ruin your experience toward a Suzhou Garden.
Written November 6, 2013
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