Garden of Master of the Nets is the smallest yet the most delicate
landscape garden in Suzhou City.
Also called Fisherman's Garden, the 0.6-hectare garden is an
elegant structure of a typical official's residence in the Qing
The present garden was founded on the former site of a Song
dynasty official's mansion. Its owner, an early Qing-dynasty
official Song Zongyuan, gave its present name based on the earlier
one, "Fisherman's Retreat".
Garden of Master of the Nets consists of a residential quarter and
the garden proper. Inside the refined residential quarter, the
halls are linked closely by a corridor. The garden, petite but
substantial, is focused on a pond and decorated with plants, rocks,
pavilions, and stone bridges.
The garden is especially fancied by overseas visitors and is
praised as the most ornate and intact private gardens in Suzhou.
Some tourists even offer a huge amount of money to buy it.
The Garden at Night
Garden of Master of the Nets presents another scene at night.
Lanterns light up in the garden, highlighting the contours of the
pavilions, terraces and corridors of the garden. Performers dressed
in local ancient costumes stage various shows, such as Kunqu Opera
(Suzhou Opera), folk singing and dancing and instrumental playing.
Interesting thing is these performances are staged in different
halls, pavilions or chambers, so that when you walk into another
room, it will be a different show.
Evening performances at the garden are available at 19:30 till
22:00 every night from mid March to mid November. Visitors can buy
evening tickets to visit the garden and enjoy evening performances.
Traffic: tourists can take No. 2 touring bus, No.202 (former No.2
bus), No.204 (former No.4 bus), No.529 (No. 29 bus), No. 931(former
No.32 bus), No.47, No.501 (former No. 401 bus) and No.55 bus to
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