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“Very traditional with an interesting history”

The Lingering Garden
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Private Day Tour: Zhouzhuang and Suzhou from Shanghai
Ranked #4 of 347 things to do in Suzhou
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Very traditional with an interesting history”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

I recommend reading about it or hire a tour guide to understand the design of the house and the gardens since there is a rationale and tradition. You can take very lovely photographs due to the design of the garden. It is too bad that a lot of the structures are vacant and are not preserved so that one can experience the garden in the context of the former owners.

Visited November 2012
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“Wonderous, Peaceful, Great for Horticulture and Ideas!”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

The collection of Bonsai and the placement of different areas of contemplation for those seeking landscaping ideas are endless!

Visited November 2012
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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“The beauty of the orient”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

One of the most beautiful and peacefull places to visit , especially at night when the is performers in the buildings.

Visited May 2012
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Kuching, Malaysia
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“We loved this place”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Among all the gardens we visited, this was the best. It was not too big to walk around, just cosy enough with its beautiful trees,flowers, bonsais and fantastic pond. Our tour guide showed us some banana trees standing beside a building. Its owner loved to listen to the soft pitter-pattering of rain on its leaves. This soothing sound would evoke inspiration.to him.
Then, there was a music room for the ladies; big guest rooms and a special hall for entertainment and feasts. Fronting this hall was an open space where lovely girls would perform graceful dances.
What caught our interest most was the living-room building. Men and women were not allowed to mix in those days. Their living-rooms were under one roof, but partitioned with a doorway in between. One living room was elaborately-decorated with finer furniture and facing a small lovely garden, the beams of the ceiling too, was nicely-carved. However, the other had simpler furniture, the beams of the ceiling only smoothly polished. A humble mirror stood in a corner. This living room faced a very small garden with a tall brick wall only a few metres away.
Then, we arrived at an amazing, beautiful pond with delightful landscape. After this, our knowledgeable guide brought us to another section where they planted vegetables. This area had a relaxing aura.
My daughter and I were totally enthralled by this enchanting place. We loved this place!

Visited October 2012
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“Lingerine Garden”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

A lovely peaceful, tranquil garden with some interesting Bonsai trees. It was late in the day and light was fading when we stopped here but it was definitely worth the visit.

Visited November 2011
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