Fodor's Expert Review Lingering Garden

Suzhou Garden

Windows frame yet more windows, undulating rooflines recall waves, and a closed corridor opens out into a tranquil pool in this intriguing garden. The compound provides an endless array of architectural surprises: in a corner, an unexpected skylight illuminates a planted nook; windows are placed to frame bamboos as perfectly as if they were painted. The Mandarin Duck Hall is particularly impressive, with a picturesque moon gate engraved with vines and flowers. In the back of the garden stands a 70-foot-tall rock moved here from Lake Taihu. Occasional solo musical performances on erhu and zither enliven the halls.


Quick Facts

338 Liuyuan Lu
Suzhou, Jiangsu  215002, China


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Mid-Apr.–Oct., Y40; Nov.–mid-Apr., Y30, Mid-Apr.–Oct., Y55; Nov.–mid-Apr., Y45

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