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“Quite nice but I've seen better”

The Lingering Garden
Ranked #6 of 356 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 August 9, 2018

I guess this experience was just average for a few reasons: i) We've been so many nicer gardens in China that this one seemed rather average. ii) The weather was scorching hot with almost 40 degrees celcius, so walking here was not exactly comfortable. iii) We went on a Sunday and the place was packed with local tourists, so that was also not exactly a memorable visit.

On the brighter side, if you must see this, then go ahead, but i would surely avoid weekends and the heat. There were some nice places to take photos inside and some of the rock statues do look quite cool. The toilets are surprisingly clean, so that was great.

Thank PushExplore
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

Tucked in behind a plain, nondescript entrance way in Suzhou is an amazing jewel and World heritage Site, the Lingering Gardens. This was my favorite surprise during my entire China trip. I dubbed it the "Garden of Ten Thousand Photos," because you could literally point your camera randomly and get jigsaw puzzle-level beauty in every shot.

Dating back to 1593, the Garden has changed ownership and expanded through the centuries to become the stunning bastion of beauty it is today. Mere words are inadequate to describe the peaceful beauty to be found here.

Thank Ben C
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Reviewed August 5, 2018

We were impressed how many small details were created for years of patient work. Good place for walking, thinking or being mindful.

Thank andrzejpoland
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Reviewed August 2, 2018 via mobile

Suzhou is a beautiful city and it has a number of beautiful gardens to visit - the Lingering Gardens is well worth a visit.
We visited at the warmest time of year and fairly early in the morning - the gardens were still full with visitors.
Even if you don’t have someone take you on a tour of the gardens I would recommend that you look at the maps/layout of the gardens before you start walking around to make sure that you get to walk and see all of the gardens.
I love to see water lilies especially when they are flowering and was not disappointed to see them in the gardens.
What I particularly liked in the gardens was the amazing Bonsai trees.
As with many tourist attractions in China you need to show your ID or passport when purchasing a ticket.
A lovely garden well worth a visit.

Thank Michael C
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Reviewed August 1, 2018

Beautiful place. Lots of trees to keep the place cool, pond with pretty koi's, and I like that it has designated locations for different seasons.

Thank Maiv L
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