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The Lingering Garden, Suzhou, China

The Lingering Garden is regarded as a masterpiece of classical Chinese garden style and is one of China’s four most famous gardens. The garden was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

Pavilion by the lake

It is said that when you visit the garden you linger between heaven and earth.

 

The Winding Stream Tower

Within a space of six acres there are 42 rooms and halls and 700 meters of covered walks connecting them. There is a Small Fairly Isle by a lake that is filled with gold fish.

 

Bamboo grove

The landscapes are miniature but natural, and include a mountain, a forest, a lake, pine and bamboo groves, ancient trees, and many intimate gardens.

 

The entrance

The garden has had different owners since it was constructed at the end of the 16th century in the Ming Dynasty. It is divided into four sections and the oldest is the Central Garden, which features buildings around a pond. The second owner, Liu Shu, had calligraphy carved in many of the corridors.

 

The Cloud-Capped Peak

An artificial mountain called Shi Ping Peak is in the Eastern section. During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) twelve tall limestone rocks were added to the garden, symbolizing mountains. The Auspicious Cloud-Capped Peak, which is a massive piece of limestone from Lake Tai, has become the centerpiece of the garden.

 

Old trees

There are ancient trees in the middle section.

 

Music room

The Celestial Hall of Five Peaks is the largest hall in the garden. Musical instruments are played in the Worshipping Stone Pavilion.

 

Paths, rockeries, walls and latticed windows

A small courtyard has a forest made of stone. There is mosaic pavement and a couple hundred latticed windows of different styles.

 

Wisteria covered corridor

Wisteria grows over the pergolas by the lake.

 

Concealed view

As you move from structure to structure, you appreciate the carefully composed scenes for the garden is renowned for the artistic ways it treats these spaces.

Other Chinese gardens:
The Master of Nets Garden, Suzhou, China
The Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou, China
Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai, China

By Sylvia Fanjoy

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