Ouyuan Garden

Ouyuan Garden, Suzhou: Hours, Address, Ouyuan Garden Reviews: 4/5

Ouyuan Garden
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WengKeeLeong
Singapore, Singapore301 contributions
Nice and small
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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Coral
70 contributions
Full of tour groups
Sep 2019 • Solo
The garden itself seemed nice but when I went on a Saturday morning it was very hard to appreciate it because there were tour groups everywhere and they were the kind which would stand in front of everything to see and stop in doorways
Written September 21, 2019
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PushExplore
Singapore, Singapore4,776 contributions
One of many. Nothing great
Aug 2018 • Family
Well we did our rounds of visiting various gardens, which is what this city is famous for. Though I must say that if you have seen one, its good enough, as they are fairly similar in nature. Also, avoid summers and weekends.
Written August 14, 2018
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RaijaAflatuni
Suzhou, China31 contributions
East and west - yin and yang
Mar 2017 • Business
Everything here go in pairs like mandarin ducks - couples - like yin and yang! Lot of symbolism in this lovely little garden - perhaps not so known, but really a nice one. Worth studying the informations! and take the boat to Pingjiang lu - not only to parking lot. You will see lots of people's life around by this little canal.
Written April 4, 2017
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Betty
2,485 contributions
Nice garden
Jun 2016 • Family
This is a smaller garden in Suzhou and it is not as crowded. It has all the elements of a wealthy person's home. There are 2 main garden areas with rocks and water. Some smaller gardens and paths connecting the house. At the end there is a little boat ride to take you back to the parking lot. Tip the guy and he sings an ethnic song as he is rowing.
Written January 29, 2017
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DanielMuljanto
Solo, Indonesia309 contributions
Nice garden and natural stone arts
Jul 2016 • Family
The garden was supposed to be for the wives of the wealthy man in Suzhou, China.

It is very artistic and calming...its good to bring kids to this place. And spend some time in the garden.

At the end of the trip from the garden, we will be taken to the exit door by a traditional boat. Remember to give tips for the driver 5rmb.
Written July 2, 2016
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Roger K
Sydney, Australia537 contributions
Couple's Retreat or Ouyuan Garden
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
Beautiful, smaller scale garden; Fewer Crowds
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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sbabones
Sydney, Australia237 contributions
Peaceful and magical, without hordes of tourists
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, Portugal158 contributions
A deteriorated garden, but a lively venue for locals
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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