October 29, 2010

NI HAO MA CHINA: Ancient City of Suzhou

Suzhou is a city in the province of Jiangsu, China well known for its classical gardens, bridges and canals.

This 2,500 year old city dating back from the Shang Dynasty lies on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Taihu Lake. Due to its location, its surviving canal scenes and meticulously designed gardens, Suzhou earned its banal status as the "Venice of the East".


Yuan (meaning gardens) in Suzhou were built according to the style of Chinese paintings and originally there was more than 200 gardens, now only a handful existed but with the time constraint and the pouring rain, we’re still lucky to have visited two - the smallest and the biggest for comparison=)



MASTER OF THE NETS GARDEN
(Chinese Name: Wangshi Yuan; 30 RMB or Php 207)
Is the smallest but considered one of the best-preserved gardens in the city. It was built in the 12th century but was later restored in the 18th century as part of the home of a retired official turned fisherman thus the name.





KUOJIATOU LANE
The main entrance of the garden is at Kuojiatou lane where stalls selling antique goods and Chinese ornaments line up.






HUMBLE ADMINISTRATOR'S GARDEN
(Chinese Name: Zhouzheng Yuan; 70 RMB or Php 483)
Is the largest of all the gardens and considered to be the most impressive. This well kept 5 hectares of zigzagging bridges, pavilions, and lotus ponds dates back to the early 1500’s.






You will be needing at least two hours if you wanna see the whole garden, like I said it is the largest and believe me when I say that the Humble Administrator’s Garden will not disappoint you.

If only we had more time it would have been nice to see more of Suzhou's gardens.

Here’s a list of Suzhou’s other top attractions:
Lingering Garden
Canglang Pavilion
Lion Grove Garden
Couple’s Retreat Garden
Tiger Hill
Hanshan Temple
Suzhou Silk Museum

TIP: Gardens are usually a buffet for insects, so bring with you anti mosquito repellents and take yourself off the menu.

written by KIM & MJ

2 comments:

  1. tiger hill is featured on travel lifestyle asia mag,including the canals

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  2. Maulan the whole time we were there kaya di namin napuntahan na ang Tiger Hill.:-(

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