Welcome to Lingering Garden
Where to escape from the hustle and bustle of the modern city life and want an experience of ancient elegant culture? The Lingering Garden is a suitable place which wins its world fame for its peculiar architectural art. Since ancient times, it has drawn attentions and admirations from countless poets, scholars and architects. When you come into the World Heritage, you may be deeply impressed by its special designed halls, windows, ground, stone inscriptions, rocks, gallery and bonsai. The wisdom and polished caving skills of the ancient people are worthy eulogizing and promoting. The halls are properly furnished and the windows are latticed into square with majestically beautiful flowers. The simple and vigorous architectural style will lead visitor to come into an art gallery with great convulsion in their deep heart.
As one of the four renowned gardens in the immediate vicinity of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, it is fully featured of unique architectural arts and attractive landscape. Covering an area of 23,310 sqm, the Lingering Garden is renowned for the measured, rhythmically-spaced manner in which its various elements are laid out in a labyrinthine fashion, delighting the mind as well as the eye, and in harmony with the partly natural and partly man-made topology, all of which contributes to the feeling of ambiance that has made this garden world famous.
History and Culture
In the 21th year of the reign of Wanli (1593 A.D.), Xu Taishi (1540 A.D.-1598 A.D.) carrying the ministerial title of Tai Pu Si Shao Qing, built his garden-house called the East Garden. According to what the famous literary man Yuan Hongdao said in his A Record of Gardens, "The East Garden has magnificent multi-storied front houses and rear halls, and a range of awe-inspiring stone mountains built by the well-known master Zhou Bingzhong, resembling a long scroll of landscape painting."
The garden belonged to the Lius in the 59th year of the reign of Qianlong (1794 A.D.). It was expanded, repaired, and renamed "the Hanbi Villa": In the 12th year of the reign of Tongzhi (1873 A.D.), it was purchased, expanded and repaired by the Shengs, who gave it a new name "the Lingering Garden", meaning "lingering between Heaven and Earth forever". In the 2nd year of the reign of Guangxu (1876 A.D.), the famous Confucian scholar Yu Yue wrote "A Record of the Lingering Garden", enthusiastically saying, "With the splendor of the stones and springs, the sequential beauty of the flowers and trees, and the complexity of the elegant buildings, the Lingering Garden certainly ranks first among all famous gardens of Suzhou.". Starting from 1997, it has been put on the World Heritage List.
Admission fee: RMB40/person (Peak season: April 16~October 30), RMB30/person (Off-season: October 31~April 15)
Opening hours: 8:00am-17:30pm
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