Canglang Pavilion (Blue Wave Pavilion)

Canglang Pavilion (Blue Wave Pavilion)

Canglang Pavilion (Blue Wave Pavilion)
4.5
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Isaac L
By Isaac L
Hidden gem, and unusual garden design
5.0 of 5 bubblesJan 2020
A pleasant 10 min walk straight south from Sanyuanfang metro station. (Suzhou metro is straightforward to use, and the ticket machines have an English option.) At the garden, I got the 30 yuan entrance to “both”; the other garden is literally on the other side of the ticket office itself, though that garden is less impressive, it is also charming and historic. Inevitably a lot of what you see is renovated, replanted, or repaired; yet this is a real, living 1,000 year old tradition of gardening in Suzhou, and you can just watch the Chinese visitors to appreciate the love and seriousness they bring to it. There are some stunning older trees in Surging Waves and of course there is a lot of research and attention that goes into keeping the old designs alive despite repeated wars, upheavals, or vandalism. Something this old has been reworked many times; the pavilion atop the hill was moved to that location in 1696. So even “new” developments like that become part of the rich heritage of the site. If you love Classical Chinese gardens, you will have a great time here. It is much smaller than Humble or Lingering. It is a significantly different design (giant wrap-around corridor with 108 windows, and a central hill rather than a central lake) and reflects a somewhat earlier era (Song Dynasty). There were quite a few visitors but not the crowds at Lingering, or Humble and I was seeing more the art students, serious photographers, etc. Some of the students had even brought tape measures, while others were doing elementary drawing exercises. I also got to watch two amateur painters at work with their brushes, and amusingly, a teenage Instagram-type personality with her entourage of semi-pro photographers, posing away. Excellent light and play of sunset/shadows in the “golden hour” late in the afternoon; if you don’t experience that in this garden, try to time your visit to another classical garden to see what sunset does to Suzhou’s whitewashed garden walls. Please be careful to exit exactly the same way you came in! I was hoping to head east toward the Master of the Nets Garden more directly, but wound up in a sort of dead end in a large facility with a parking lot and security gates, I only at the last moment saw on my map app that I had wandered into the grounds of a hospital operated by the People’s Liberation Army.

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Isaac L
Indiana101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
A pleasant 10 min walk straight south from Sanyuanfang metro station. (Suzhou metro is straightforward to use, and the ticket machines have an English option.)

At the garden, I got the 30 yuan entrance to “both”; the other garden is literally on the other side of the ticket office itself, though that garden is less impressive, it is also charming and historic. Inevitably a lot of what you see is renovated, replanted, or repaired; yet this is a real, living 1,000 year old tradition of gardening in Suzhou, and you can just watch the Chinese visitors to appreciate the love and seriousness they bring to it. There are some stunning older trees in Surging Waves and of course there is a lot of research and attention that goes into keeping the old designs alive despite repeated wars, upheavals, or vandalism. Something this old has been reworked many times; the pavilion atop the hill was moved to that location in 1696. So even “new” developments like that become part of the rich heritage of the site.

If you love Classical Chinese gardens, you will have a great time here. It is much smaller than Humble or Lingering. It is a significantly different design (giant wrap-around corridor with 108 windows, and a central hill rather than a central lake) and reflects a somewhat earlier era (Song Dynasty). There were quite a few visitors but not the crowds at Lingering, or Humble and I was seeing more the art students, serious photographers, etc. Some of the students had even brought tape measures, while others were doing elementary drawing exercises. I also got to watch two amateur painters at work with their brushes, and amusingly, a teenage Instagram-type personality with her entourage of semi-pro photographers, posing away.

Excellent light and play of sunset/shadows in the “golden hour” late in the afternoon; if you don’t experience that in this garden, try to time your visit to another classical garden to see what sunset does to Suzhou’s whitewashed garden walls.

Please be careful to exit exactly the same way you came in! I was hoping to head east toward the Master of the Nets Garden more directly, but wound up in a sort of dead end in a large facility with a parking lot and security gates, I only at the last moment saw on my map app that I had wandered into the grounds of a hospital operated by the People’s Liberation Army.
Written 12 January 2020
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Alan R
Cambridge, UK1,249 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The building of the Surging Wave Pavilion dates back to 1045 CE. It is a little further afield than the Humble Administrators Garden but easily reached. A tranquil space with typical mountain,water, rock features interspersed around the architecture.
Written 29 October 2019
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Coral
70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
This garden was really pretty, not too busy and not too small (especially if you get the joint ticket with Ke Garden)
Written 20 September 2019
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Kirkie
194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
This is slightly outside the old city, but still worth going to. It is more undulating than some of the other gardens, with more trees, so for me, more enjoyable because of that. An added plus is that opposite to the entrance of the garden, across the canal is a second one, newly restored, which is also well worth seeing too.
Written 27 November 2018
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Louise K
Richmond, TX456 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Came only because it’s in the UNESCO Classical Gardens of Suzhou cluster. After you have visited the Humble Administrator’s Garden, this is no comparison. Just lots of bamboos & fake rocks. There’s some renovation going on; otherwise, not much to see despite its history.
Written 4 April 2018
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pojaya
Sydney, Australia1,260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
This was a very pretty garden in Suzhou. It was not very crowded, thankfully, probably because it is slightly less well known than some others.
However it is on the world heritage list, and it is one of Suzhou's most important garden.
It is also one of the oldest, being from the Song Dynasty.
I enjoyed this visit a lot.
Written 17 November 2017
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RogueSpy
Hanoi, Vietnam10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Friends
Garden is a lot smaller than the administrator garden, in my opinion this is the better one, there was less people in general which would mean less noise and more opportunity to take in the experience and relax, very easy to get to via subway. Connects to a free museum as well. Recommended to stay for 1h hour
Written 26 September 2017
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Jarko2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,732 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Solo
I foolishly followed Lonely Planet's advice that this was a top "must see" spot in Suzhou. Will I ever learn? It's certainly interesting and there's a massive, colonaded modern building slap in the centre that houses some minimal artworks, but over all, the pavilion and garden are only mildly interesting compared to many others in the city.
Written 20 September 2017
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Chic Chaffeur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia435 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
The beauty of this garden is that it looks more natural than most garden in Suzhou & it was much less crowded on both my visits in 2010 & 2016.

Visitors are first greeted by a huge pond at the entrance, beautiful view, wavy water, hence the name Cang Lang.

Towards the inner part of the garden, there are lots of bamboo trees of various species.

There is a little tea corner where visitors could drink tea & take a rest.

Am glad that now the dustbins are changed to a nice design that looks like huge dark bamboo.
Written 18 May 2017
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J W
London, UK103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
one of the oldest surviving gardens in Suzhou, its elegance and history makes Cang Lang Pavillion very special- in fact it is one of my favourites.

yes most of it has been reconstructed and yes during my visit, (2nd week of Oct 2016) there were some major construction work going on near the entrance (there wasn't even a "proper" bus stop), but if you want to get away from other famous gardens which are extremely popular and packed with the mainland tourists, Cang Lang Pavillion could be an excellent option.

again best to go with a very knowledgeable guide who has an in-depth knowledge of ancient Chinese history, ancient Chinese art to fully understand and appreciate the subtle meanings and beauty.
Written 2 November 2016
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