Ouyuan Garden
Ouyuan Garden
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Zfy Ed
Singapore, Singapore10,344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Ouyuan Garden is regarded as one of the most classical gardens in Suzhou. And in 2000, the garden was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

Surrounded on three sides by the Grand Canal, the garden has piers close to the front and back entrances. The housing complex is located in the middle and flanked by the East and West Garden. The complex consists of four buildings in succession. In the Garden, everything comes in pairs depicting the couples love for each other.

The East Garden contains a dominant mountain rising from a pond. The pavilions, terraces and towers are built upon the mountain. The Thatched Cottage at the City Corner is one of the gardens largest structures and is made up of a group of double-roofed and multi-storied buildings. The buildings are facing a natural looking and realistic yellowstone mountain.

And the West Garden consists of studies, pavilions and garden courts. Inside the garden limestone mountains, caves, and an interesting undulating wall enclose and divide up the space. To the north of the mountains is the Old House with Woven Curtains. It features a tower used as a library, and a large assortment of rocks, trees and flowers decorating the front.

We loved this place, with so much greenery along the canal and was peaceful and one could enjoy the tranquility and calmness of the place. Somehow we felt time has stopped and we have moved back to the ancient time from the houses, decors and curated arts and statues. Very much worthwhile to visit!
Written 18 June 2024
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Christina C
Coquitlam, Canada6,336 contributions
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Apr 2015 • Couples
Ouyuan Garden (The Couple's Retreat Garden) was added to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in 2000. It took a little more than an hour from Shanghai to Ouyuen.
This is a typical wealthy or government official house. The house has 2 gardens, south side and east. This garden went through many owners and history and it eventually became run down. In 1960 the government of Suzhou city renovated the garden step by step restoring it to its former glory. The rocks, trees, flowers, stream and bridge in the Chinese garden is totally different than the western style, which gives people a very refreshing feeling. At the back door of the garden, you also can hop on a Chinese gondola for a short ride on the canal with singing for entertainment. We spent 3 hours there with a guide. Out of all the attractions that we went to, this was the quietest place. We relaxed and took photos without anyone in the way.
Happy Travelling!
Written 9 June 2015
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Roger K
Sydney, Australia538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
The Couple's Retreat or Ouyuan Garden consists of a large residential complex , with smaller houses built in the middle of the layout, with two gardens to the east and the west, respectively. On three sides it is surrounded by a canals on three sides .

Walking through the many formal entries, rooms, courtyards , with connecting passageways, covered walkways, interconnecting with to some very small garden spaces, then to extensive recreations of natural landscape vista's, with water features, ponds, bridges, pathways and classic Chinese garden arrangements, you could easily slip back in time.

It can easily be seen and appreciated by all who visit, that this is a fine example of the classic Suzhou architecture and garden of the time. The site has been faithfully restored and formally recognized as an UNESCO World heritage site in 2000.

At the end of your visit you can return to the car park by sampan(for a small tip/fee) via a rear exit, which opens directly onto canal to the canal. The journey takes only minutes but it reminds you of the way the way former residents moved about the Suzhou of old.
Written 24 May 2016
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Manu J
Gandhinagar, India52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
Having visited the Humble Administrator's and Lion Forest Gardens earlier in the day, I was somewhat Garden fatigued by the time I made it to the Ouyuan in the evening. The smaller scale of the garden and the smaller crowds revived me, and I spent a happy 1.5 hours wandering the garden and soaking it all in. While the larger Gardens like the Humble Administrators and the Lion forest overwhelm you with their scale, the smaller scale of gardens like the Ouyuan allow the mind to register, absorb and process the million details that compose a Chinese garden. I loved the area around the water body, with its lovely touches like a pine tree artfully 'trained' to bow just so above the water, or the small pavilion above the water. Keep your eyes open for the incredible carved opening (pine + bamboo pattern) of the pavilion on the far end near the water body.
Written 15 May 2016
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60726Nicky_11
McLean, VA127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
When you tire of the larger Suzhou gardens and their crowds, come here. A magnificent not so little garden a pleasant walk of 10-15 minutes from a major Suzhou tourist thoroughfare. I hope there are only a few other tourists as there were when I visited. Consider a short boat ride on a canal. If you like this small gem, search out the even prettier and much less easy to find Yipu Garden across town.
Written 25 November 2013
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WengKeeLeong
Singapore, Singapore298 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Not sure how one should get there but we sort of stumbled across it while walking along Pingjiang Road. Compared to the Humble Administrator's Garden, for example, it is small but sufficiently large to make it worth walking through; probably makes it more attractive. Since it is Winter, there is hardly any bloom and it is chilly. On the other hand, there are few other visitors to crowd you!
Written 22 December 2019
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sbabones
Sydney, Australia222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
The "Couples Garden" is wonderful. It is the scale of a large home with grounds and feels like you could imagine living there. It's the sort of place that you look for the small details (be sure to look up as well as around!) rather than take lots of dramatic photos. Highly recommended.
Written 20 January 2016
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Patricia R
Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal173 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
This garden is hard to find, down an alley off Xi Bei Street. I suggest you bring the tourist map supplied by the Information Centre opposite the Suzhou Museum, and show it to locals as you go. They are happy to direct you, even when they speak no English, and you will eventually find the garden (as well as two others in the same general vicinity).
Unlike the UNESCO gardens, this serves as an active community centre, with meetings going on and families picnicking here and there. The water feature is much reduced and the plantings less lavish. The quality of the buildings is high but some rooms are closed or used for storage of chairs, documents, etc.
No admission fee. Local markets nearby.
Written 28 November 2015
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LaoM42
Leeds, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Business
One of the smaller gardens and more out of the way, but has the extra advantage of a boat trip, and for a small tip, some traditional boating songs.
Written 15 May 2015
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AndrewXJKT
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
Good that Ouyuan escape the radar screen of the usual tourists, especially the tour group. There were only less than 10 tourists inside when I was there as compare to other famous gardens which runs up to hundreds if not thousands.

This is a MUST for free and easy traveler to see the excellent layout of a Suzhou garden with all the carefully grown plants and flowers in a Suzhou mansion/garden. Every angle is a scene itself.

I would bring my friends there if I go Suzhou again.

it is also listed in the Unesco Heritage list.
Written 16 September 2014
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