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Humble Administrator's Garden

4.5/532,207 Reviews
UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site
Garden
March 1st - November 15th 7:30-17:30, November 16th - February 28th 7:30-17:00. (Local time)
This is one of "China's Four Gardens" and a world cultural heritage site. The Humble Administrator’s Garden is known for its water landscape that highlights the ambiance of the Southern Chinese villages built on bodies of water. It is elegant and delicately designed. In the garden, different kinds of ancient architecture were built on water. They are scattered strategically and not one is the same as another. The garden is divided into three parts: the east, the middle, and the west. Each part has its own characteristics, especially the central garden, which basically maintains the simple and natural style of the Ming Dynasty gardens and represents the best of the whole garden.

Tiger Hill

4.6/513,902 Reviews
Garden
May 1st - October 7th: 7:30-17:30, October 8th - April 30th of the following year: 7:30-17:00. (Local time)
Tiger Hill has a history of more than 2,500 years and is a landmark of Suzhou City. The attractions here are mostly historic sites with a beautiful view. Although Tiger Hill is only a small hill, it contains natural landscapes such as cliffs and ravines. Because of its construction history, many cultural attractions have been formed. In the garden, buildings and plants are built to complement each other according to the exquisite Jiangnan garden style. Here, you can learn about the story of the Spring and Autumn Period and visit the lopsided landmark, Yunyan Pagoda.

Lion Forest Garden

4.7/58,883 Reviews
Garden
low season(June, November-December)7:30-17:00 ; high season( April-May, July-October) 7:30-17:30 (Local time)
Lion Forest Garden, Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, and Canglang Pavilion are collectively known as the “Four Famous Suzhou Gardens”. The Lion Forest was built in the Yuan Dynasty and was originally a back garden of Zen temples. It was later purchased as a private residence. This garden was treasured by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, who always stayed here during his visits to Southern China. Although the Lion Grove Garden is small, the artificial mountains in the park are very well-known. The strange rocks resemble dancing lions. The connection between the artificial mountains is not dissimilar to a maze. You can play hide-and-seek in the stone maze or count the number of observable stone lions.

Hanshan Temple

4.4/55,773 Reviews
Temple
8:00-16:30 (ticket sales stopped at 16:00, site cleared at 16:30) (Local time)
Hanshan Temple is located in the western suburbs of Suzhou. The temple dates back more than 1,400 years. The temple gained renown from its mention in the famous poem “A Night Mooring by Maple Bridge” by the poet Zhang Ji of the Tang Dynasty: “From the monastery on Cold Mountain, the sound of the bell reaches the guest boat at midnight.” Hanshan Temple is a famous site to pay. Every day, a steady stream of believers comes to the temple to strike the bell, light incense, and pray for the future.

Lingering Garden

4.7/55,290 Reviews
Garden
March 1st - November 15th 7:30-17:30; November 16th - February 28th 7:30-17:00 (Local time)
The Lingering Garden, along with the Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou, the Summer Palace in Beijing, and the Chengde Imperial Summer Resort in Hebei, are collectively known as China's Four Great Gardens. The Lingering Garden is known for the graceful beauty of its Chinese pavilions, rock collections, winding paths, the greenery which fills the park, and its jade-colored pond. Here, one can experience the calm of visiting an area in between that of a landscape garden and a natural landscape. The Lingering Garden was built in the Ming dynasty, in the 21st year of Emperor Wanli's reign (1593 CE) by Xu Taishi, a bureaucrat of the Ming court, as the landscape garden of his private residence. The garden was called the "East Garden" at the time. In the Qing dynasty, in the early years of Emperor Guangxu's reign, the garden was purchased by a bureaucrat by the name of Sheng Kang, who renamed it the "Lingering Garden". The garden is divided into four themed sections. Within a single garden, one can have a taste of four distinct scenes, namely natural landscapes, countrysides, mountain forests, and flower gardens.

Shantang Street

4.5/53,376 Reviews
Featured Neighborhood
8:00-21:00 (Local time)
Shantang Ancient Street is an ancient commercial street along the Shantang River in Northwest Suzhou. It boasts 1000 years of history and was built by the Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi when he was a government official in Suzhou. Today, at the southern end of the street, there is a temple built to commemorate him. Ancient bridges span across the river canals, and both sides of the canals are lined with old houses and traditional shops. In the evening, the red lanterns lining the street are reflected in the river, creating a picturesque scenery. You can take a boat ride for a fee, or find a tea house to drink tea and listen to traditional Suzhou Pingtan.

Suzhou Museum

4.6/51,925 Reviews
Museum
Tuesday-Sunday 9:00-17:00 (Stop entering the hall at 16:00), closed on Monday, may be temporarily closed when there are major events or repairs. (Local time)
The Suzhou Museum is located on the west side of the Humble Administrator's Garden in Pingjiang District, an ancient city in Suzhou. It includes the new building that opened in 2006 and the ancient building of Palace of King Zhong of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom (the old building). The entire museum is like a small garden. In the new museum, you can see artifacts such as pottery, jade, paintings and calligraphy from ancient times to modern times. In Palace of King Zhong, you can also see the beauty and elegance of the “Su-style painting”.

Tianpingshan

4.5/52,524 Reviews
Mountain
7:30-17:00 (Local time)
Tianping Mountain is located 15 km west of Suzhou. It is the burial place of Fan Zhongyan, a writer of the Norther Song Dynasty. Cultural attractions related to paradigm families are mainly concentrated at the foot of the mountain. Tianping Mountain rises 201 meters above sea level. This may not be high, but it is a bit steep. Each autumn during the Red Maple Festival, the colors of fall attract numerous photography enthusiasts.

Mudu Ancient Town

4.4/52,187 Reviews
Ancient Settlement
8:30-16:30 (Local time)
The history of Mudu Ancient Town is as old as the ancient city of Suzhou itself. The Qing Dynasty Yanjia Garden (Guanyuan) in the ancient town has been used for more than 400 years, which sufficiently explains its "tall, large and superior" status. There is a big stage in the Hongyin Mountain House. Every time the Emperor Qianlong visited Jiangnan, he would come here to watch the theater. There are twenty emperorial edicts in the house. The Xiaoyin Garden of the Rainbow Drinking Mountain House is the former residence of the "Embroiderer Empress" Shen Shou. Inside the Gusong Garden from the Qing Dynasty, the carvings in the hall are exceedingly beautiful. There is a 500-year-old Podocarpus in the back garden. The Yao Jianping Embroidery Art Museum on the west side of the back garden is also worth visiting.

Pingjiang Road

4.5/51,813 Reviews
Featured Neighborhood
Open all day (Local time)
Pingjiang Road Historic District is located in the south of Humble Administrator's Garden. It has a history of more than 2,500 years and is a well-preserved ancient street. The whole block has Pingjiang Road at its center. This is a small road along the Banghe River. It is about 1.6 kilometers long in total. There are the Xuanqio Lane, the Daru Lane, the Weidao Lane, the Zhongzhangjia Lane, the Daxinqiao Lane and other alleys on the eastern and western sides. The eastern side especially has preserved many water lanes, which are parallel to the water and land and adjacent to the river street. They are very representative of the features of Jiangnan Water City. When you slacken your pace and step foot on the stone road, next to the lush camphor trees you can see the stone columns by the river and stone tables and stone benches along the road. You can take a look at the old houses here. With their white walls, gray tiles, wooden doors and windows, they are elegant and charming in their simplicity.