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One of the four renowned gardens in Suzhou, Liuyuan, or Lingering Garden, was first built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and was rebuilt by a Qing official. Its Taihu Lake rocks boost its reputation both at home and abroad.

The core of the two-hectare garden is a pond, with hills to the northwest and buildings to the southeast responsible for a good many of the contrasting effects. The eastern section features mainly halls and courtyards. The imposing Wufengxian (Five-Peak immortals) Hall is the largest hall of all the Suzhou gardens. The western section is dotted with vegetation whereas the northern section is reminiscent of a peaceful countryside.

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Traffic: visitors can take No.1, 2 or 3 touring bus, No. 54, No. 85, No. 406(former No. 6), No. 7 and No.949 (former No. 49) bus to Lingering Garden.

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by Aubrey 2011-05-23
With an area of three hectares, The Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) is one of the largest Suzhou gardens, noted for its adroit partitioning with building complexes. It dates to the Ming Dynasty and managed to escape destruction in the Taiping Rebellion. The garden's name which means the garden for lingering in, was originally the residence of a Ming official Xu ...
by Gabor 2011-05-23
Classical Gardens of Suzhou, Humble Administrator's Garden Classical Chinese garden design, which seeks to recreate natural landscapes in miniature, is nowhere better illustrated than in the nine gardens in the historic city of Suzhou. They are generally acknowledged to be masterpieces of the genre. Dating from the 11th-19th century, the gardens reflect the ...
by Signe 2011-05-23
Lingering Garden / Liu yuan Occupying an area of 23,300 square meters (about 5.8 acres), the Lingering Garden is located outside Changmen Gate in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. Originally a classical private garden, it is one of the four most famous gardens in China, possessing typical Qing style, it is well-known for the exquisite beauty of its magnificent halls...