Humble Administrator’s Garden
Nov 16 to 28 Feb : 07:30 to 17:00
Suzhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng China
Built in 1509 during the Ming Dynasty, Humble Administrator’s Garden is the largest and most renowned classical landscape garden in Suzhou, covering an area of 5.6 hectares (13.8 acres).
As one of four most famous gardens in China, it is a 5A tourist spot and listed in the Key National Historical Conservation Units and valuably cultural relics in the world.
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The Humble Administrator’s Garden is the represent of the gardens in the south region of Yangtze River and considered as the mother of Chinese gardens. With its classical and gorgeous gardens, it has been a valuable cultural relic both in China and world.
Taking water as the mainline, the arrangement in the Humble Administrator’s Garden is very natural in space. The water is wide and peaceful on the surface. Pools are built in the center with pavilions standing around, and wingding corridors connecting with each other.
Endless waters, winding paths, sheer hills, old trees, green bamboos and all kinds of flowers bring the tourists into a quiet and far-away world.
It consists of Eastern, Western and Central parks as well as residences of the former owners.
Layout Design of Humble Administrator Garden
Today’s garden mainly consists of three parts: the Central Garden which is properly called Zhuozheng Yuan, the East Garden once called Guitianyuanju (Dwelling Upon Return to the Countryside), and a West Garden formally called the Supplementary Garden. And each has its own unique character.
• East Garden is spaciousness. It is composed of a few buildings around a central great lawn and pond combination. The lawn is ringed by a grove of crape myrtle trees which is an allusion to the Tang Dynasty State Secretariat which was nicknamed the Crape Myrtle Department. Buildings in this part include Millet Fragrance, Heavenly Spring Pavilion, Green-Embracing Pavilion, Lotus Chamber, Cloud-Capped Peak, etc.
• Central Garden is the essence of the whole park and the main attraction of the garden. This section is composed of many scenes arranged around the “Surging Wave” Pond. Within the pond three islands recreate the scenery of the fairy islands of the east sea. The Boat-like Structure, the Prunus Mume Pavilion, the Secluded Pavilion of Phoenix Tree and Bamboo, the Drifting Fragrance Hall, the Pine Wind and Water Pavilion, the Small Flying Rainbow, the Magnolia Hall, the Malus Spring Castle, etc., are the highlights of this part.
• West Garden has exquisite buildings, such as: the Li Pavilion, the Good-For-Both-Families Pavilion, the 36 Pairs of Mandarin Duck Hall, the Floating Green Pavilion, the Stay-and-Listen Parlor, the Inverted Reflection Building, Whom-to-Sit-With Pavilion, the Wavelike Corridor, etc. The buildings, though numerous, do not clutter, small mountains and ponds do not give a cramped impression. This part is only half the size of the central part, and is also mainly dominated by water. The pond runs from north to south, and at the central part rises an islet. Although small, it is planned with meticulous care and precision.
• Southern part of the garden is the residential area, reflecting the typical residential pattern of the south area of the Yangtze River in China. To the south of the garden is Suzhou Garden Museum, which is the only garden-themed museum all over the country.
The best time to visit Humble Administrator’s Garden is in spring when the garden is dotted with green trees and blossoming flowers.
You’d better to visit the garden on a weekday as it will be less crowded than on a weekend.