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“Gorgeous garden”

The Lingering Garden
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Private Day Tour: Suzhou Highlights with Hotel or...
Ranked #5 of 337 things to do in Suzhou
Certificate of Excellence
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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 June 30, 2018

Our tour brought us here around 9 am on a Monday in April, and it was already crowded. The spring season must be a popular time to visit. Lingering Garden was owned by the Liu Family, and the character Liu translates to linger or stay on. Liu's Garden would've been a more appropriate name, but that's just my opinion.

The garden is a renowned classical Chinese garden and was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. One step inside the garden and you're transported to a tranquil (even with the crowd) place surrounded with beautiful landscape and architecture. We saw a couple of performances - a guy on a boat playing a flute, and a small group of men and women playing some music using traditional Chinese instruments like the Chinese lute Pipa (琵琶), and the Chinese two-stringed fiddle Erhu (二胡) .

Highly recommended!

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed June 29, 2018

The gardens are a lovely place to visit as it is recognised as a classical Suzhou UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can certainly see why. We were lucky enough to visit the gardens early so there were very few people there and once we were given a brief talk on the history and importance of the garden we explored on own own.
It really is a beautiful, peaceful, relaxing place and we enjoyed our experience there.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 27, 2018

We went to enjoy this garden early Saturday morning. We stayed ahead of the the crowds, as we made our way around the garden. This so added to our enjoyment. Seeing the crowd around the first pond as we departed emphasized how great it was to have seen it before the crowds.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 24, 2018

Great for photos , peaceful, excellent. Found it was a great place to visit . Very unusual place to go great for the list of places to see

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed June 21, 2018

This place was amazing. Lovely to stroll through it and admire how old everything is. The Bonsai's were unreal. Lot's of history and it was amazing to hear it all. Very well maintained and very clean.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank loreeng2015
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