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Suzhou Attrations

Humble Administrator's Garden

The garden contains numerous pavilions and bridges set among a maze of connected pools and islands. It consists of three major parts set about a large lake: the central part (Zhuozheng Yuan), the eastern part (once called Guitianyuanju, Dwelling Upon Return to the Countryside), and a western part (the Supplementary Garden). The house lies in the south of the garden. In total, the garden contains 48 different buildings with 101 tablets, 40 stelae, 21 precious old trees, and over 700 Suzhou-style penjing/penzai.Eastern Garden Composed of a few buildings around a central great lawn and pond combination. The lawn is ringed by a grove of crape myrtle trees which is an allusion to the Tang Dynasty State Secretariat which was nicknamed the Crape Myrtle Department. Central Garden This section is composed of many scenes arranged around the Surging Wave Pond. Within the pond three islands recreate the scenery of the fariy islands of the east sea.

Master of the Nets Garden

The 5,400 m² garden is divided into east and west sections.The eastern part consists of residential quarters, while the gardens are located in the western part. Eastern section is the residential area it is a linear sequence of four halls one tower and three courtyards. The western garden is an ensemble of buildings around the 334 m² Rosy Cloud Pool. Plants and rocks are used to create views which represent several seasons. It also includes three side courts to the east and south. The two dominant elements of the composition are the Barrier of Cloud grotto, a cypress tree dating from the Ming Dynasty, and pine several centuries old. The areas to the south of the Rosy Cloud Pool were used for social activities and the areas to the north were used for intellectual activities. The buildings are laid out in a style called close to the water which is used to give the Rosy Clouds Pool the illusion of great size. Small buildings are set on rocks or piers directly over the water surface while large buildings are separated from the pool by yards planted with trees to obscure their size.

Lingering Garden

The 23,310 m2 garden is divided into four distinctly themed sections; East, Central, West, and North.The Central area is the oldest part of the garden. Buildings, the primary feature of any Chinese garden, occupy one third of the total area. A unique feature this garden is the 700 m covered walk which connects them. The built elements of the garden are grouped by section.The ensemble of structures in the central garden encircles a pond and grotto main feature. The grotto is constructed of yellowstone granite and was created by the noted artist Zhou Binzhong. The Eastern section of the garden is arrayed around the cloud capped peak stone. A central courtyard is ringing by buildings. Behind the Old Hermit Scholars' House is the Small Court of Stone Forest, a collection of Scholar Stones and connected minor courtyards. The western section is mostly natural containing only a few pavilions, a large artificial hill, and a bonsai   garden.

Suzhou Museum

The Suzhou Museum (Chinese: 蘇州博物館; pinyin: Sūzhōu Bówùguǎn) is a museum of ancient Chinese art, ancient Chinese paintings, calligraphies, and handmade crafts, situated in Suzhou, Jiangsu, People's Republic of China.
Tiger Hill
Tiger Hill (Chinese: 虎丘; pinyin: Hŭqiū) is a hill in Suzhou, in China. It is a popular tourist destination and is known for its natural beauty as well as historical sites. The hill is so named because it is said to look like a crouching tiger. Another legend states that a white tiger appeared on the hill to guard it following the burial of King Helü. The hill is sometimes referred to in parallel with "Lion Mountain", another hill near Suzhou which clearly resembles a sitting lion.

The hill has been a tourist destination for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, as is evident from the poetry and calligraphy carved into rocks on the hill.

Pan Gate

Pan Gate, Pan Men, Panmen or Panmen Gate (simplified Chinese: 盘门;  pinyin: pánmén) is a famous historical landmark in Suzhou,China. It is located on the south-west corner of the Main Canal or encircling canal of Suzhou. Originally built during the Warring States Period in the state of Wu, historians estimate it to be around 2,500 years old. It is now part of the Pan Gate Scenic Area. It is known for the "three landmarks of Pan Gate". They are the Ruiguang Pagoda, the earliest pagoda in Suzhou built in 247 BC, the Wu Gate Bridge, the entrance to the gate at that time over the water passage and the highest bridge in Suzhou at the time, and Pan Gate. The Ruigang Pagoda is constructed of brick with wooden platforms and has simple Buddhist carvings at its base.

Pan Gate is part of the ancient city wall built in 514 BC that surrounded and protected Suzhou. Pan Gate was the only entrance to the wall that surrounded ancient Suzhou. It is also known in China for its architecture. It is so famous for its complex of both land and water city gates that many times, people directly refer to it as the "Land and Water Gate". In order to attract more tourists, in recent years, the city of Suzhou has renovated the old wall and built many other attractions around the original gate in the Pan Gate Scenic Area.
Hanshan Temple

Hanshan Temple (Chinese: 寒山寺; pinyin: Hánshān Sì); literally "Cold Mountain Temple", is a Buddhist temple and monastery in Suzhou, China. It is located at the town of Fengqiao (lit. Maple Bridge), about 5 kilometres west of the old city of Suzhou.

Traditionally, Hanshan Temple is believed to have been founded during the Tianjian era (502–519) of the reign of Emperor Wu of Liang, in the Southern and Northern Dynasties period. The current name of the monastery derives from Hanshan, the legendary monk and poet. Hanshan and his disciple Shide are said to have come to the monastery during the reign of Emperor Taizong of Tang (627–649), where Hanshan became the abbot.

Jin ji Lake

Jin Ji Lake is a fairly modern area,situated in the joint Singaporean-Chinese developed Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), Jinji Lake (Jīnjī Hú, 金鸡湖) makes for a great change of pace if you've seen one too many of Suzhou's historic gardens.

Though the word "industrial" mars the name, the area around the lake is full of beautiful parks, residential areas and businesses which line a 15KM (9 Mile) walkway around the lake's edge.

The Ferris Wheel Amusement Park (Mótiānlún Lèyuán, 摩天轮乐园), which is located on the east bank of the lake, takes its name from a 120M (394 ft) tall Ferris Wheel on the banks of the lake that has a maximum capacity of 300.

Water Town Tongli

Tongli is half an hour away from Suzhou city. The place retains many of the features of an ancient Wu region town.

The Retreat & Reflection Garden

One of most notable attractions is the Retreat & Reflection Garden(退思园). It is a private garden owned by Ren Lansheng and it was built in 1885-1887. Yuanlong is the designer of the garden. In 2001, the Retreat & Reflection Garden was recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Luoxing Zhou

It is an island on the lake. There are Buddism, Taoism and Confucianism in this place. Its scenery is very beautiful. During the Spring Festival, people will go to there to strike the bell to pray.

The Pearl Tower

It is a not real tower and it is just a model made up of pearls. Also, it’s the name of a famous drama. It is in this place that the moving story between Fangqin and Chen cui’e happened. Fangqin’s father was banished by the court. So he came to his aunt to ask for help, but when his aunt heard of the bad news of Fang’s. she despise the poor and refused to help him. But his cousin was very kind and gave the Pearl Tower secrectly to Fangqin. So latterly, Fangqin became the Zhuangyuan.

Three Bridges

There are 55 bridges in the town of Tongli. The most famous are the three bridges.They are Taiping, Jili, Changqing Bridges. They all represent blessing. When getting married, the birth of a child, celebrating birthday, people will walk across the three bridges to pray for the health, the happiness and something like that.

Water Town Zhouzhuang

Zhouzhuang has a history of more than 900 years, and it has been called "The Water Land" since ancient times. The streets runs along the river and the houses are constructed beside the water, which is very typical for the Jiangnan area. Zhouzhuang lies at the middle between Shanghai and Suzhou. It, about 30 kilometers southeast of Suzhou City and 90 kilometers from Shanghai, is a famous water township standing on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and Taihu Lake.

With lakes on four sides, the beauty of Zhouzhuang is specially to be found along the waterside lanes and around a number of the stone bridges. A different vista at every turn can be found here. All those make a visit most enjoyable. Also, one can enjoy the fairyland atmosphere of the evenings here when the myriad stars twinkle as though in communication with the glittering lights.

It covers an area of half a square kilometer, 60 percent of the Zhouzhuang's structures were built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, which is from 1368 to 1911. An ancient Chinese poem described Zhouzhuang as a town with small bridges, murmuring streams and thatched dwellings. The four streams in the town including Chenghu, Baixian, Dianshan and Nanhu, which flow through the town in a criss-cross fashion, earning the town the epithet of “The Venice of China”.

The principle sights the town include Twin Bridges, Fuan Bridge, Zhang House, Shen House.

West Garden Temple

West Garden Temple (Xiyuan Temple) covering an area of 10 mu (about 1.6 acres) in Suzhou was constructed in the Yuan Dynasty and features sacred temples and classical gardens. It is generally called of Jiezhuanglv (commandment as its banner) Temple and Fangsheng (free captive animals) Pond in the west garden.

West Garden Temple is the largest temple in Suzhou City. It blends garden art and temple art. In the temple you can see the ancient trees flourish, the temple houses layer upon layer, the bending river, the green grass, hear the birds singing and smell the fragrant flowers. What a splendid spectacle it is!

Now let's come to the scenic spots located on the middle axis line of West Garden Temple. From south to north along the line are Arches (Paifang) of three rooms, Mountain Gate, Jingang (diamond) Temple, Fangsheng Pond, Daxiong (grand) Palace, and Sutra Collection Pavilion. When you come out of the Jingang Temple, you can find Arhat Temple on your left and Kwan-yin Temple on your right.