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“Back in time”

The Lingering Garden
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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.
Reviewed January 28, 2014

I did like getting to know now one of the World Heritage listed by UNESCO. The old-aged trees surrounded by time sculptured rocks is really something!

Thank Marcia20142014
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

I visited in mid November and the fall season was on the wane. There was little color and the most attractive feature was probably the bonzai trees. The garden was large and most likely extremely attractive in the Spring.

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Reviewed November 30, 2013

Very pleasant series of gardens in Suzhou. The day we were we visited there were performers acting out a traditional boy meets girl type of play…very traditional in costume and music. There was also a young lady and young man singing and playing traditional songs in period costume. Very enjoyable and interesting.

Thank delltone
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

As part of our tour, this stop to the Lingering Gardens was fantastic. Our escort let us go and roam around once he gave us the basic history of the gardens. It's a beautiful, tranquil place with plenty of places to sit, relax and take pictures. Our group moved forward and we snuck out. Here's the problem; it was kind of a maze to leave and we circled back a few times so we retraced our steps and went out the way we came in. We wanted to walk the two streets out front. Our group enjoyed tea in the garden. We spent 20 or so minutes getting some photos. Group probably spent an hour then back on the bus.

If you go out the exit, walk up the same side of the street to the end (go right) to the fruit store. Grab some very cheap fresh fruit (helps with scurvy ;). Then carefully cross street to the Garden Bakery. OMG. Try the garlic bread and the soft raisin bread. Grab a tray and tongs and choose away. Continue up opposite side of street and cross back to garden to meet your bus.

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

Unfortunately with the pace of the tour we couldn't spend "down-time" in the gardens.
It would have been nice to just sit and soak in the atmosphere for a little while.
In the off-peak season when we visited there were not many visitors so it was easy to get around.
The scale of the Gardens, considering they belonged to a single-family is immense.
The distinctive feel of each garden from bonsai to lakeside to mountain was awe-inspiring.
You could just imagine a rich family building a scale model of the whole of China so they could travel without leaving home.
Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Dream-It-Do-It-Oz
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