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The Lingering Garden

NO. 338 Liuyuan Road, Jinchang Dist, Suzhou 215008, China
+86 512 6531 3099
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A Brief Description of the Lingering Garden      Located at the outer side of the Chang Gate and built in the 21st year of the reign of Wanli under the Ming Dynasty (AD 1593), the Lingering Garden is reputed to be one of the four most famous gardens of China. In 1961 it was listed from the very first as cultural relics of national importance. Since 1997 it has been inscribed on the World Cultural Heritage List.      The Lingering Garden, covering 23,310 sq.m., is divided into the middle, eastern, western and northern parts. The middle part features fascinating landscapes and waterscapes. The eastern part is noted for its architectural beauties and limestone rockeries. The northern part is famed for its beautiful bonsai garden. And the western part boasts the mountain forest scenery and the delights of wilderness. Celebrated for its superb handling of architectural space and spatial relations, the Lingering Garden serves as a fine specimen of ancient Chinese garden and landscape design and reputably tops all the well-known gardens in Suzhou. The Lingering Garden provides English tour guide for free every hour since 2017. You can also choose to pay for a professional English guide with different guiding route or a guiding machine. Hope that during your short stay here, you can not only satisfy your eyes, but also experience the real Chinese culture and have a better understanding of our philosophy.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
NO. 338 Liuyuan Road, Jinchang Dist, Suzhou 215008, China
+86 512 6531 3099
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Reviewed 2 November 2017

The amount of tourists visiting this garden spoilt the experience for us. But this is China and everywhere is busy. The antique buildings are well maintained but the paths need some careful footwork in some areas. The outstanding feature for us was the bonsai collection....More

Thank Csider65
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Famous and typical of a Chinese Garden. It has a great history but could use a bit of maintenance but maybe I am being picky. Fairly typical of most historical Chinese sites. The Bonsai Garden was huge and impressive Don’t let me put you off...More

Thank tezzaBrisbane
Reviewed 28 October 2017

A Must see, amazing gardens, great history so glad it was recommended, if staying at the Ascott Midtown Suzhou the manager Mary speaks great english great entrepenuer for Suzhou

Thank bpaj378
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

I actually prefer Lingering Garden to Humble Administratior's Garden. A bit smaller but less crowded, more time to enjoy every spot and have some "zen" moment to yourself. By the way, right outside Lingering garden, there is “游1“ bus to Tiger Hill (only 3 stops,...More

Thank Phoebe S
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Pro Great picture opportunity Affordable A lot of History Con Tourist trap Too many people trying to take pictures Guided tour needed

Thank Sabina T
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Typical Chinese garden - water, rock, trees and plants and architecture. Well worth a visit. An amazing display of Bonsai trees.

Thank HullBuntz
Reviewed 7 October 2017

A gorgeous garden in the heart of Suzhou with excellent planting and horticulture, great pagodas and some fabulous bridges Great photo opportunities with the framing of windows and port holes and even a great mirror The rock formations here are some of the most expressive...More

Thank SurreyGirl27
Reviewed 6 October 2017

A beautiful tranquil garden in the middle of the city. The bonsai garden was amazing, as was the history and culture. Was a pleasant way to spend some time in Suzhou

Thank Heather A
Reviewed 6 October 2017

But that might be due to my limited understanding - and the lack of English signs explaining the fuller meaning.

Thank johey24
Reviewed 5 October 2017

This is one of two well-known formerly private gardens in Suzhou. Our fun started while our tour guide bought tickets. We attracted a small crowd of people who wanted pictures with us (there is an unassuming but massive wooden double door to the street, which...More

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25 January 2015|
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Response from N K | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it probably does. Same here, I'm not exactly sure how much as we visited it as part of an organized tour. It's a beautiful garden, well worth a visit.