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Lingering Garden

Introducing Lingering Garden, Lingering Garden Guide, Lingering Garden Travel Guide
Article from China Internet Information Center

Located outside the Changmen Gate of Suzhou, a tourist city in east China's Jiangsu Province, the Lingering Garden is one of the four most famed gardens in China. Covering an area of 23,300 square meters, the stunning garden was originally built in 1593 by Xu Taishi, a Ming official, to serve as his private residence. In 1997, the garden, together with the other classic gardens in Suzhou, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lingering Garden, resembling a long scroll of traditional Chinese painting, is noted for its exquisite layout of various elements including halls, ancestral temples, private gardens, rockeries, covered walks, walls, ponds and plants. Lingering Garden is divided into the central, eastern, northern and western parts, with each part focusing on a different theme. The central part, known as the oldest and most important part of the garden, features marvelous lakeside scenes with a fabulous artificial mountain; the eastern part showcases elegant buildings and garden courts; the western part displays enthralling forested hills and rockeries; and the northern part boasts an idyllic pastoral scenery with cute cottages enclosed by bamboo fences.

Quick Facts on Lingering Garden

• Name: Lingering Garden
• Location: Wujiang District
• Dates: Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
• Best Time to Visit: January to March, June, November and December
• Phone: +86-512-65579466
• Best Time to Visit: All year
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 3 Hours
• Opening Hours: 7:30-17:00
• Admission Fee: CNY 40 (Apr 16 to Oct 30); CNY 30 (Oct 31 to the next Apr 15)

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