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The Humble Administrator's Garden

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Location: Suzhou
Address: 178 Dongbei Street, Suzhou, Jiangsu, 215001
Fee: 50 Yuan/ticket
Mar 1 to May 31, Sep 1 to Nov 30
70 Yuan/ticket
June 1 to Aug 31, Dec 1 to Apr 30
Operation: 7:30 – 17:30, Monday – Sunday
Schedule may be changed during festivals or major events
Route: Bus: No. 2, 3
Tourist Bus: No. 1, 2, 5
Taxi: All cab drivers know the address

Phone: 86-512-6751 0286
Email: hezuo@mail.enet.com.cn
Website: http://www.szzzy.cn/

China's classic gardens can be divided into two categories: the royal garden such as the Summer Palace in Beijing, or the private garden. Most of Suzhou’s classic gardens belong to the latter and the Humble Administration’s Garden (Zhuozheng Yuan) is among their best.

The garden was initially constructed in 1513 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty when Wang Xianchen, a retired high ranking officer, bought it. It was then sold and rebuilt numerous times during the 400 years that followed. Located in the northeastern portion of Suzhou, the Humble Administrator's Garden has a total area of over 50 thousand square feet, and is the largest private garden in this country. The name given by Wang, the Humble Administrator's Garden, showed his fondness after retirement for the "enjoyment of life through gardening and farming”.

The design divided the garden into three major portions: the eastern, middle and western portions. The middle portion is the most important section of the garden with marvelous hills and clear water ponds, dotted with beautiful houses, trees and flowers. The western portion was erected nearby the lake and is consisted of the Hall of the Thirty-Six Mandarin Ducks and the Hall of Eighteen Camellias, decorated with ancient furniture, interesting drawings and special calligraphies. The eastern portion has pavilions separated by verdant hills with pine trees, bamboos, islands encircled by winding streams and flowers.

The Humble Administrator's Garden is a wonderful place to gain understanding of the Chinese culture. It is also a place for visitors to enjoy Chinese arts, architecture, calligraphy, carving, and painting.

Highly recommended. This garden is one of the World Heritage sites. It is among the four greatest classic gardens in China and is listed with the highest rating of 5-AAAAA in the national tourist attraction ranking.

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