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Suzhou Gardens | Top 5 Classical Gardens of Suzhou

Written by Senior Expert Jennifer Lee|Updated: 2023-09-27

The classical gardens of Suzhou, also known as “Suzhou gardens”, refer collectively to the Chinese classical gardens located within Suzhou city in Jiangsu province. Suzhou is known as the “City of Gardens”, with private gardens first built here in the 6th century BC. By the end of the Qing dynasty there were over 170 gardens inside and outside the city, over 50 of which remain today.

The origins and development of Suzhou's classical gardens can be traced across several dynasties - beginning in the Spring and Autumn period, seeing further development in the Jin and Tang dynasties, prospering during the Song dynasty, and reaching their peak in the Ming and Qing dynasties.

In 1997, four of Suzhou's most prominent classical gardens were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, Master of the Nets Garden, and Mountain Villa with Embracing Beauty. This was expanded in 2000 to include five more gardens - Canglang Pavilion, Lion Grove Garden, Couple's Retreat Garden, Art Garden, and Retreat & Reflection Garden. These classical Suzhou gardens are essentially miniaturized, idealized representations of nature confined within the space of a private urban residence. Key elements include water, rockeries, vegetation, and ornamental buildings that hold literary and poetic significance.

Below is an introduction to the TOP 5 Classical Gardens of Suzhou, with details on each garden's highlights, layout, and visiting tips to help you select which ones to include in your exploration of these UNESCO World Heritage gardens in Suzhou.

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  • triangleNo.1 Humble Administrators Garden - The Epitome of China's Classical Gardens
  • triangleNo.2 Lingering Garden - Small but Exquisite Classical Garden
  • triangleNo.3 Master of the Nets Garden - The Smallest Garden with Elegant Design & the Most Delicate Charm
  • triangleNo.4 Lion Grove Garden - Dominated by Elaborate Rock Formations
  • triangleNo.5 Canglang Pavilion - The Oldest Garden in Suzhou with 1000 Years’ History
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