Suzhou Classical Gardens

Suzhou Classical Gardens

Suzhou is China's well-known "city of gardens", which tops all others in both the number and the artistry of gardens. Dating from Pi Jiang Garden of the Eastern Jing Dynasty,Suzhou's art of gardening has undergone a history of 1, 500 years. There were once over 200 gardens in the city,and 69 of them are still in good preservation today.

The Humble Administrator's Garden, located at the northeast street of Suzhou City, is the biggest garden of Suzhou, which has won the fame of "Reputed Garden in the South of China" and "Cream Among the Gardens".

The Humble Administrator's Garden is laid out with water as its center and occupies 3/5 of the total area. The principal architecture is built along the waterside, filled with natural style of simplicity, brightness, amiability and vividness. The garden is divided into three parts: east, middle and west. The middle part is the most beautiful part of the whole garden. Inside you will find the charming exquisite Yuanxiang Hall, the Hall holding 36 Mandarin Ducks, the Hall of 18 Datura Flowers and more than a decade of pavilions; each has its own style, none has anything similar; they are the prestigious, luxurious embodiment of the Ming dynasty.

The Lion Forest is located along the Suzhou Garden Boulevard. There are strange stones resembling lions in the garden, hence the Lion Forest, famous for its artificial hills accumulated by the exquisite and skillfully shaped stones from the Taihu Lake. The cave tunnels pass through twists and turns, just like a labyrinth. It is known as the 18 scenic spots of the Land of Peach Blossoms; on top of the cave are strange peaks with different posture. The Lion Peak is ranked the top among other peaks. The overall arrangement has more forests in the southeast and more water in the northwest with long winding corridors, the towers and patios are faintly visible in a distance. Having a distinctive style of their own, many pavilions are built along the waterside with hills as its settings, scattered here and there; on the walls of the corridors are more than 60 pieces of marble slabs carved with calligraphy.

Tiger Hill is situated in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province. It is surrounded by water with pine and plum trees growing luxuriantly, recommended as the ¨The first scenic spot in Wu〃 (an area comprising southern Jiangsu Province and northern Zhejiang Province) with its imposing beauty and its famous excursion center in China.

Although Tiger Hill does not have a large area, once you reach Thousand People Rock and Sword Pond, you feel its power and grandeur, as if he himself was in the midst of precipice and deep valley. There are Leisure Spring, Testing Sword Rock, Third Spring, Broken-Pillar-Hall and Mountain Villa Wrapped in Emerald Green etc. scenic spots and historical sites.

Tiger Hill Tower: In the beginning it was built of wood. The structure was complicated, colorful and magnificent with unique style. The height of the Tower is 47.5m. Built by laying eight cornered bricks in seven stories, the one thousand year old tower stands for the beauty inside and outside of China. Due to the cause of the foundation, it started leaning towards north-west direction. The lofty tower adds more grandeur for Hu Chiu. The leaning extent is almost similar to the leaning Pisa Tower of Italy.

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