Monday, December 17, 2012

Interesting places to visit in suzhou part 1

In suzhou, the garden is recognised as UNESCO World Heritage site. There are over hundreds of garden in suzhou which is used by scholars and government official in the past. Some of them are quite well preserved while some might already being destroyed. There are 4 important elements in suzhou garden: rockery building, water design, horticulture and architecture. There are quite a lot gardens in Suzhou so I would only recommend the two popular ones: Lion Grove Garden and Humble Administrator's Garden (Zhuozheng Yuan)

Lion Grove Garden

Location: 23 Yuanlin Road

The name of this garden is derived from the shape of rocks which resemble lions. There is also large and labyrinthine grotto of taihu rocks where create a maze. It is pretty easy to get lost inside.

The furniture and original design of the hall is also quite well preserved. There are description in every part of the hall to let the tourists understand more about the designs and buildings.

see if u can spot the lion heads in this photo.

more lion heads

This is just a small portion of the whole garden.

It is so big that it can even accommodate a boat but the boat is replaced by stone boat to allow tourists to take photos.

The stone maze

Overall, it is really quite a big place which u can spend 1 to 2 hours taking all the nice photos inside and reading all the description of the places.

Humble Administrator's Garden (Zhuozheng Yuan)

Location:178 Dongbei Street

Entrance area

My first thought when i entered the garden, how is it humble in the first place?? It is really so huge way bigger than the Lion Grove Garden.

pavilion where they have tea

Another pavilion

Another nice scenery

Even the floor tiles are well designed with all kind of patterns.

study room

The windows have unique design too!

Overall, the whole garden is really well designed with rockery building, water design, horticulture and architecture. It is really a beautiful place to take nice photos. U can spend at least 3 to 4 hours just relaxing here and exploring the different parts of the garden.

Keep a lookout for part 2 where I will share about the popular streets in suzhou :)