Lingering Garden (Liuyuan)

Lingering Garden together with 'Lion Grove', 'Humble Administrator's Garden' and Canglang Pavilion, is praised as the four most famous gardens in Suzhou, for their artistic ways of dealing with the spaces between various kinds of architectural form. The garden is divided into four parts, namely the middle, eastern, northern and western, each of which has command of particular sceneries.

The middle part is featured by the water landscapes, which is the essence of the garden. The eastern part consists of idiomatical corridors and yards with picturesque rockery. The northern is full of the countryside flavor with the potted landscapes as decoration. The western is the top of the whole garden, from where you can overlook the entire view of the Lingering Garden.

There are three unique must-visit landscapes in Lingering Garden-- the Cloud Capped Peak, the Nanmu Palace and the Fish Fossil. Cloud Capped Peak is the one and only bizarre stone derived from Taihu Lake in the Song Dynasty (960-1234). Most of the building materials of Nanmu Palace is Nanmu, which is a precious and rare plant. The Fish Fossil, with a thickness of 15 mm and diameter of 1 meter, is a natural fossil transit from Yunnan to Suzhou, on which there is a natural picture of landscape painting.

Opening Hours: 7:30 -- 17:00

Ticket Price:
30 CNY from October 31 to April 15
40 CNY from April 16 to October 30

Location: No. 302, Liuyuan Road, Jinchang District, Suzhou

Transportation: Tour Bus No. 1, 3 and 5, Bus No. 6, 7, 22, 33, 44, 70, 85, 88, 91, 101 and 103 will bring you here.
 

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