The Lingering Garden

The Lingering Garden, Suzhou: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, The Lingering Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

The Lingering Garden
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Gardens
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A Brief Description of the Lingering Garden Located at the outer side of the Chang Gate and built in the 21st year of the reign of Wanli under the Ming Dynasty (AD 1593), the Lingering Garden is reputed to be one of the four most famous gardens of China. In 1961 it was listed from the very first as cultural relics of national importance. Since 1997 it has been inscribed on the World Cultural Heritage List. The Lingering Garden, covering 23,310 sq.m., is divided into the middle, eastern, western and northern parts. The middle part features fascinating landscapes and waterscapes. The eastern part is noted for its architectural beauties and limestone rockeries. The northern part is famed for its beautiful bonsai garden. And the western part boasts the mountain forest scenery and the delights of wilderness. Celebrated for its superb handling of architectural space and spatial relations, the Lingering Garden serves as a fine specimen of ancient Chinese garden and landscape design and reputably tops all the well-known gardens in Suzhou. The Lingering Garden provides English tour guide for free every hour since 2017. You can also choose to pay for a professional English guide with different guiding route or a guiding machine. Hope that during your short stay here, you can not only satisfy your eyes, but also experience the real Chinese culture and have a better understanding of our philosophy.
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Maxim B
Ottawa, Canada905 contributions
More people than trees.
Oct 2020 • Family
The situation here is even worse than at the Humble Administrator's Garden. There seems to be no limit for the daily number of tickets, and although there is no line ups to get in there is a steady flow of people. This garden is much smaller than the Humble Administrator's and is much more packed. There is no chance at any feeling of serenity in there.

Again, the garden itself is beautifully done and I hope that our ticket fee contributed to the preservation of thisbimportant historical site.
Written October 5, 2020
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SZPlum
Shenzhen, China78 contributions
Overbearing "security"
Mar 2020 • Solo
Just like half of Suzhou, no matter if resident or tourist that has just arrived, no foreigners can enter, only Chinese nationals. No explanation offered other than you need an appointment. When you try to make an appointment they tell you foreigners cannot make appointment.

Virus causing people left and right to loose what little sense they may have had.
Written March 7, 2020
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Robert K
Gold Coast, Australia250 contributions
Beautiful relaxing gardens
Nov 2019 • Friends
Wow from a very humble entrance to the most beautiful amazing gardens was just totally beautiful
I do throughly recommend seeing the Lingering Gardens

Written February 18, 2020
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~FA*
Islamabad, Pakistan52 contributions
Suzhou Garden
Jan 2020
Lingering garden is one the ancient time magnificent garden of Suzhou which is also listed in unesco world heritage. Each widow opens in garden gives a unique view and amazed the visitors.
Written January 18, 2020
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Jenny J
Perth, Australia556 contributions
Do this as part of a day visiting the Tongi Town
Oct 2019
A personally wouldn't travel this far from Shanghai just to see the garden but combined with a visit to the Tongli water town we are glad we visited. Lots of nice photo opportunities, though it can get crowded.
Written January 14, 2020
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Isaac L
Indiana63 contributions
The best of Suzhou’s gardens
Jan 2020 • Solo
I visited almost ten classical Chinese gardens on my trip to China, including five in Suzhou, but if you go to see only one, make it the Lingering Garden. Amazing design that achieves what some of the others only aspire to, and enough variety and depth to keep you looking forward to what’s around the next corner.

The Lingering Garden is a walkable distance from Shilu metro stop which is Red line (line 2). However, until the very ambitious construction/repair on the road in front is finished, you’ll have a tough time approaching as a pedestrian, and even a driver/taxi may deposit you somewhere nearby and give you vague instructions to walk—they wouldn’t be lying, it’s genuinely hard to access at the moment.
Written January 11, 2020
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BillPNo1
Friendswood, TX690 contributions
Lingering Gardens at Suzhou
Nov 2019
On our entire trip to China, The Lingering Gardens at Suzhou, was one of the most memorable places we visited. The extent of the Lingering Gardens is difficult to describe. The Gardens, seemingly, went on and on and there was another lovely fascinating sight around each corner of the winding paths. Meticulously groomed, cleaned (constantly) and maintained, the whole Gardens were beautiful, whether you were looking at rock gardens, winding paths, ponds or fish pools, little bridges, or flowering plants, trees, and shrubs! How could so many things still be in bloom in November? I think my favorite things were the extensive bonzai tree collection in their area. All old (ancient?) and perfectly groomed, they seemed like silent sentinels of the past left for us to view and appreciate now in modern times. Even the bathrooms were works of art and the finest examples of WC's that we saw anywhere during our trip! The entire group decided that the Lingering Gardens WC's were Five-Star!
DO NOT miss a visit to the Lingering Gardens if you are anywhere in the area. They are exquisite and I wish that we had several days to more fully explore the Gardens than the too short time that our group tour schedule allowed. The Lingering Gardens was definitely as high as the Great Wall and Terra Cotta Warriors in my esteem!
Written December 28, 2019
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Thinktink
New York City, NY35 contributions
Beautiful gardens
Dec 2019
A really lovely hour-long visit if you're in Suzhou. A bit crowded, but still a very serene garden to spend a late morning in. There are bonsai gardens, wandering paths, a thousand year old volcanic rock, and gorgeous architecture.
Written December 14, 2019
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Jetnomads
Brisbane, Australia30 contributions
Very interesting garden
Oct 2019
Was very busy but I still found this to be an interesting place to visit, it has 'rooms' pockets of garden and buildings. Quite different to the traditional European idea of a garden.
Written December 8, 2019
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Irene (iFotoTravel) Isaacson
Buddina, Australia2,130 contributions
Interesting Chinese heritage listed garden with stunning landscaping stone work and bonsai's
Oct 2019
The is one of 4 big famous gardens in China. It was a family-owned garden, of which only 90 are open to public. This was opened to the public after 1949 as the government took it over. In 1997 it was listed as world heritage. It has a central man- made lake surrounding by an intricate weaving stone path with many hieroglyphics. The house has the architecture to look like boat as it represents a water city. There is also an awesome bonsai garden which is worth spending quite a bit of time there. The bonsais are very unusual in that they are both set in pots AND on rocks, with some being very old and well established. This was one of the most amazing collection of bonsai I have ever seen.

We visited this garden in the middle of the day. There was quite a crowd there but you were still able to enjoy its fetures, althought perhaps not quite the serene atmosphere you may have wished for!
Written December 3, 2019
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