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Ouyuan Garden

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Address: No.7 Xiaoxing Alley, Cang Street, Pingjiang District, Suzhou 215001, China
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08:00 - 17:00
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Nice garden

This is a smaller garden in Suzhou and it is not as crowded. It has all the elements of a wealthy person's home. There are 2 main garden areas with rocks and water. Some... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2017
Betty C
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Suzhou, China
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything here go in pairs like mandarin ducks - couples - like yin and yang! Lot of symbolism in this lovely little garden - perhaps not so known, but really a nice one. Worth studying the informations! and take the boat to Pingjiang lu - not only to parking lot. You will see lots of people's life around by this... More 

Thank RaijaAflatuni
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128 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

This is a smaller garden in Suzhou and it is not as crowded. It has all the elements of a wealthy person's home. There are 2 main garden areas with rocks and water. Some smaller gardens and paths connecting the house. At the end there is a little boat ride to take you back to the parking lot. Tip the... More 

Thank Betty C
Solo, Indonesia
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88 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

The garden was supposed to be for the wives of the wealthy man in Suzhou, China. It is very artistic and calming...its good to bring kids to this place. And spend some time in the garden. At the end of the trip from the garden, we will be taken to the exit door by a traditional boat. Remember to give... More 

Thank DanielMuljanto
Sydney, Australia
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64 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

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,... More 

1 Thank xlcapris
Gandhinagar, India
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54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2016

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... More 

2 Thank Manu J
Sydney, Australia
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237 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2016

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.

2 Thank sbabones
Aiken, South Carolina
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157 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2015

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... More 

1 Thank BostonGCC
Suzhou, China
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27 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2015

Much smaller and less crowded than the Humble Administrator's Garden. Like other reviews said, get here early to avoid the tour groups. The garden is much nicer when it is quiet and peaceful; the yelling tour groups disrupt the tranquility (and also make it very difficult to move about).

1 Thank Daniel C
Maia, Portugal
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192 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2015

This Garden in Suzhou is nice and properly maintained. It’s not one of the biggest but you can a have a feeling of the old Chinese way of life. I’ve enjoyed this attraction and it allows to go the canals and the old city of Suzhou. The subway is near and due to the size and location it allows you... More 

1 Thank Fneriteixeira
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642 reviews
533 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 424 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2015

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... More 

2 Thank faithandhope2live

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