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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 3 days ago

We came on a Saturday morning which means it was pretty crowded. In spite of that it was still very relaxing. Very scenic with nature and rocks.

Thank mcmusgro
Reviewed 6 days ago

We are not garden people in any way. However, this is a must see beautiful garden giving an in site to what life in historic China was like.

Thank Craig H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great place to enjoy and relax in the beautiful gardens . Plus learn the history of the gardens how each side is built to get the most of each season.

Thank Marie C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just a very relaxing afternoon. Take time to enjoy the flowers, pond and the quite beauty all around.

Thank Sherry T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a beautiful gardens and so peaceful. could of spent many hours just sitting and looking at the great variety of plants, trees and shrubs all set in lovely settings. A must see in Suzhou.

Thank glopaul
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sprawling and amazing gardens, hidden from the street. Huge expanse and hard to believe that it was a private garden. The collection of bonsai is truely amazing.

Thank Phil G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found this stop particularly rewarding due to the autumn season and the feature flower being the chrysanthemum. Very, very lovely and it was still warm enough that we could enjoy all the outdoor features in comfort. The walkways and bridges through the water ponds...More

Thank Questovia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a typical Chinese garden which is now heritage listed. Found this OK but not for me. The gardens do have some very good bonsai trees.

Thank Ian F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You would never guess that this place is hiding behind the door when you are standing outside, other than the line of people waiting to get in, an oasis of quite beauty in the middle of a very busy place.

Thank Billallisa
Reviewed 3 November 2017

Taken on a morning trip to the aptly named Lingering garden we found ourselves amid lovely planted and greatly decorated buildings and garden views around every corner looking on to lakes and ponds with koi carp in the waters. Well worth a visit especially if...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.