Humble Administrator's Garden

Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou: Hours, Address, Humble Administrator's Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

Humble Administrator's Garden

Humble Administrator's Garden
4.5
Parks • Gardens
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7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada1,661 contributions
Couples
We had a quick visit in the garden and thought it was very nice. The garden is well thought out but we found it too busy to enjoy.

We visited on a Friday and when we bought tickets we had to reserve a time to enter the garden. We may have lucked out because we bought tickets at 11:20 and were able to get in at 11:30 but could see this place getting much busier.

The area around the garden is very nice with many good dining options as well as all the fast food flair.
Written April 8, 2021
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Sean Liu
Taiwan1,331 contributions
There are multiple traditional Suzhou-style Chinese gardens in Suzhou, and 9 of these gardens have been inscribed in World Heritage list. The most famous and notable one is the Humble Administrator's Garden. It will take you about two to three hours to finish the walk throughout most of the places of interest. It's mandatory to make a reservation of your arrival time during a busy time like summer.

It is recommended to join a tour guide service to further understand the background history and trivia behind this garden and the story of the founder. The complimentary tour guide service lasts for half an hour, guiding you through some of the most crucial buildings in the garden. You can understand more by requesting for a paid tour guide service.

There are lots of photo opportunities in the garden, and you get to experience more when the history of these incredible buildings is revealed. The current price is RMB$70 in the off-peak season and RMB$80 in the peak season.
Written February 11, 2020
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JS&BS
Manchester, UK80 contributions
We had some issues finding this garden - if you turn on the pedestrian street signposted for the suzhou museum & continue walking past the museum then you will reach the garden ticket booth and entrance.
We visited on a Sunday which was very busy, probably a less crowded experience if you can visit on a weekday. Despite the crowds a very enjoyable half day was spent looking round the garden.
Written January 10, 2020
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Lillia
United States6 contributions
The Humble Administrator’s Garden is the largest and most famous classic garden in Suzhou. Its exquisite beauty, artistic value, and historic significance established the garden, as one of China’s four most famous gardens. It was also listed as a World Cultural Heritage site by the United Nations Educational,Scientific,and Cultural Organization in 1997. Covering an area of 52,000 square meters, the Humble Administrator’s Garden began to built in 1509 AD during the Ming Dynasty and was finished after 16 years of elaborate work.
Written September 27, 2021
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MattwalesNorthWales
Chengdu, China2,052 contributions
Couples
This is one of the four most important gardens in China. Perfectly preserved and well
maintained. Shows off the ancient Chinese fixation with stone formations and meaning. Great use of water with crisscrossing pathways shaded vantage points and focus on colour. Lovely collection of mature bonsais and plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind in a tranquil space despite the number of people. A highly recommended way to spend a couple of hours.
Written April 21, 2021
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King L
Nottingham, UK317 contributions
Solo
Not sure how this is ranked only a mere #11, when almost all locals will tell you that it is the first park you ought to visit in Suzhou, along with the Tiger Hill (which is relatively outskirts from the main tourism area).

There is English audio guide available to rent from, but I kind of have to ask a few times before they bring me there (I can speak a bit of Chinese). The area is picturesque with traditional garden, pagoda, and ancient architectural designs. If you aren’t a fan of these, then perhaps it isn’t for you.
Written June 12, 2022
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Travelling321
Ningbo, Zhejiang25 contributions
Family
This was by far my favourite garden in Suzhou. We went in the morning (9am) before the garden began to fill up. I loved how it was divided into "sections" we could explore. It's near other places we visited such as the Suzhou Museum and Museum of Folk Customs, so it's a great area to spend the day. Highly recommended.
Written June 5, 2021
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PBlyth
Tampa, FL234 contributions
One of the larger gardens available to visit. This is an elaborately laid out garden with meandering water ways threading themselves amongst fruit trees and planted flowering areas surrounding beautiful buildings designed for meditation and relaxation. The land itself is contoured to represent both low and high ground regions. There is an extensive bonzai collection comprising many different tree types with complex shapes designed into them. Definitely a picture worthy place.
Written March 24, 2020
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Jo-Ann
Washington15,584 contributions
Couples
Too many people. Difficult to enjoy the garden. Not easy to take photographs too. Did not really enjoy the garden although it is beautiful.
Written November 5, 2020
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Peter S
Budapest, Hungary36 contributions
The Humble Administrator's Garden lives up to the hype around it. It is definitely a "must see" attraction if you visit Suzhou. One os the biggest Traditional Gardens in this "city of water and gardens"
If it is your first time here I strongly advise to employ a guide, as without the stories and history of the place it would just be a beautiful garden. I think a good tip is to try to avoid weekend or public holiday dates, because it can get very crowded, and tours and groups can be annoying at times. On other days it is OK, but as one of the most famous gardens to visit in town it will always be more crowded than others, however the territory is huge, so crowd can dissolve.
There are lots of nice souvenir shops on the streets around the entrance, however bargaining is a must, otherwise you can get ripped off easily. The Lion's Garden, another must see attraction is just 5-10 minutes walk away from the gates, so I recommend paying a visit there too, as the 2 gardens are totally different in style.
Written August 27, 2010
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