Entering Suzhou Garden

Suzhou's deep and elegant journey
photo canglang pavilion by shanghai xiaogang_a783bc

Suzhou's garden culture attracts many people to start a journey of humanity. In addition to the world-famous Humble Administrator's Garden, Lion Grove, and Suzhou with its elegant atmosphere, there are many elegant and elegant niche gardens, allowing visitors to stroll among them, lined with bamboo, and with the breeze, quietly Experience the classical art and human emotions behind the garden. Let's follow this guide and walk into the Suzhou garden with subtle beauty.

Canglang Pavilion

Highlights: Promenade Zhuying Fengya College

Canglang Pavilion is one of the nine classical gardens in Suzhou. It is the masterpiece of the Song Dynasty gardens. It was built by the Northern Song Dynasty poet Su Yuqin. It is also the oldest and most named garden named after the pavilion in Suzhou. It has the deepest cultural connotation. It used to be a place for literati sects, so the overall pattern is more like a college. Here, you can find well-known column joints - "Qingfeng Mingyue is priceless, and there is love in the mountains and mountains." The column was connected to Su Shiqing, the master of the word, and the poetry conveyed between the lines, adding to the elegance of the entire garden.

Photo: Canglang Pavilion. By wuxiyuyi

Different from other gardens with deep walls, the beauty of Canglang Pavilion is integrated into the overall scenery: the pavilion and the water wave are self-contained, and the promenade and bamboo shadow are integrated. In addition, Canglang Pavilion does not have much bustling design, but don't miss the leaky window on the promenade . The scenery inside and outside the park can be communicated by leaking windows. What is even more subtle is that these leaky windows have no similarity, and the clever design makes Canglang Pavilion unique among the gardens.

Practical information:

  • Address: No. 3, Canglangting Street, Sanyuanfang, Suzhou
  • Business hours: 7:30~17:30 (stop admission after 17:00)
  • Ticket price: 15~20 yuan/person (different season)  
  • Official website: www.szclp.com


Highlights: Ming Garden Landscape Stone Bridge

Picture: Geisha. By icezone_冰之

Geisha has the beauty of "Wenshan Soft Water". This garden has experienced many generations of masters, mainly for the noble literati. The overall garden architecture is complete, and it is the most famous garden in Suzhou garden in the late Ming and early Qing dynasties . There are stories and profound meanings everywhere in the park. Among them, the well-known “Yanguangge” is named after “Fostering Life and Prolonging Life with the Nature” in “Mr. Daren” and has the meaning of prolonging life.

Picture: Geisha. By sea breeze

The whole garden is centered on the pool, and the overall planning is very simple and clear. Geisha is divided into Beichi and Nanchi. Beichi is mainly built. Nanchi is dominated by rockery style. The overall style maintains the elegance and simplicity of the literati. It is also the most basic pattern of Suzhou gardens. If you want to see the beautiful scenery in the park, you may wish to start from the Nanchi Mountain Forest . The whole garden landscape is as beautiful as a landscape painting. It is quiet and dense, and echoes each other.

Practical information

  • Address: No. 5, Wenyu, Tianqian, Tuenmen, Suzhou
  • Opening hours: 7:30~17:00
  • Ticket price: 10 yuan / person
  • Official website: www.gardenly.com

Coupled garden

Highlights: The two houses correspond to the best "couple"

Figure: Coupling Park. By apple

The park was built in the early Qing Dynasty and was built by the official Lu Jingui. It was originally called “King Yuan” and was taken from Tao Yuanming’s “Returning to the Garden”. The second-generation master was Shen Bingcheng, who was inspected by Hunan. When he was sick and brought his wife back to the country, he specially invited the Qing Dynasty painter Gu Yu to expand and develop on the basis of the garden, and to create today's coupling garden.

Figure: Coupling Park. By 杨敬玮

"Couplings live in Jiajiao, Chengqu build poetry city", named "couple" homophonic "even", meaning the couple is connected, and the characteristics of the garden house echoes the meaning of "even" and "pair": garden On the central axis, it is mainly the Shizhai house, and the left and right gardens echo each other symmetrically. The Huangshi Rockery in the east is built during the gardening period. It is also the famous Huangshi Rockery in the classical gardens of Suzhou. The west side is dominated by lake scenery, spacious and comfortable. The whole building echoes in the design, up and down, north and south, and around. The layout of such a house and two gardens is unique in many classical gardens in Suzhou.

Practical information

  • Address: No. 5-9, Xiaoxinqiao Lane, Suzhou City
  • Opening hours: 7:30~17:00
  • Ticket price: 20~25 yuan/person (different season)
  • Official website: www.oygd.cn

Huanxiu Villa

Highlights: small and exquisite

Photo: Huanxiu Villa. By 震泽如梦人

Located on Jingde Road in Suzhou, Huanxiu Villa was originally the site of the “Golden Valley Garden” of Wuyue Qian’s Five Dynasties. The rockery and houses of Huanxiu Villa account for three-quarters of the whole park, and most of the buildings are newly built. Compared with other gardens, Huanxiu Villa has a small area, but it has the lake stone rockery left by Ge Yuliang, the master of the stack of mountains. Many people call it the “first rockery landscape in Suzhou” and the “southern Jiangnan” Reputation. The main peak of the stone wall in the northwest of the garden is abrupt, and the rockery group extends in a steep and straight, stacked and stretched posture. The mountain pool is swaying and the momentum is extraordinary. People can't help but sigh the designer's ingenious idea.

Practical information

  • Address: No. 272 ​​Jingde Road, Pingjiang Road, Gusu District, Suzhou City
  • Opening hours: 8:00~16:00
  • Ticket price: 15 yuan / person
  • Website: hxsz.szzzy.cn


Highlights: Learn from others, celebrity paintings and calligraphy

Photo: Yi Yuan. By I am a tossing cloud

Yiyuan was built in the late Qing Dynasty and is a private garden built by Fu Wen Gu Wenbin. The garden name is named “Brother Yiyi” in the Analects of Confucius. Yiyuan was built at the earliest in Suzhou gardens, so it combines the characteristics of each garden and the layout is suitable. The whole park is divided into east and west districts. The middle is separated by a gallery. There are beautiful flower windows on the wall and the two sides are at the same time. The east side is dominated by architectural courtyards, surrounded by curved corridors, and pleasant and pleasant; the west side is dominated by scenic spots, pool rockeries, flowers and trees. The overall pattern is run by the curved bridge and the water gate , which means that the pool water is looped back. The most distinctive feature of Yiyuan is the calligraphy stone art that is embedded in the wall of the promenade . Visitors can slow down on the promenade and carefully appreciate the calligraphy and paintings of famous celebrities.

Practical information

  • Address: No. 1265, Renmin Road, Canglang District, Suzhou
  • Opening hours: 7:30~17:00
  • Ticket price: 15 yuan / person, free for locals
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