Suzhou Museum is a museum combining modern architectures, ancient
architectures and gardens, with many cultural relics are showed
there including ancient paintings and calligraphies, porcelains,
crafts and other unearthed cultural relics.
Suzhou Museum can be divided into two parts: the new building of
the museum and the Zhong Wang Fu (Prince Zhong's mansion). Cultural
relics are showed in the new building of the museum, and most
cultural relics are unique with local colors in Suzhou. Besides
those cultural relics on show, the new building designed by Leoh
Ming Pei, a famous architect, is also a highlight in Suzhou Museum.
The new building can be regarded as the extending of the Prince
Zhong’s mansion with typical architectural style in Suzhou: being
ingeniously harmonious with the environments. Facing south, the
exhibition area of the new building is situated in the west.
Zhong Wang Fu is the most well-preserved historical architecture of
the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom (1851-1864). The architectural complex
of Zhong Wang Fu covers an area of 10,650 square meters (114,636
square ft). Different from the magnificent large-scale imperial
garden in North China, the mansion is well known for its
exquisiteness with small bridges, flowing streams, bizarre stones
and exuberate plants.
The essence of Zhong Wang Fu is the principal part: the government
office. There are more than 400 elegant color decorations with
unique Suzhou style, 9 vivid mural paintings, and elaborate panes
carved with dragons and phoenixes. Located in the hindmost Zhong
Wang Fu, the Hmble Administrator’s Garden is the representative of
Suzhou gardens as well as one of the four famous gardens in China
(the other three are the Summer Palace in Beijing, the Imperial
Mountain Summer Resort in Chengde City and the Lingering Garden in
There are another three famous sites in Zhong Wang Fu: Woqiu Hall
(literally means Hall of Reclining Dragon) and classical stage in
the east and Crane Pavilion in the west. Woqiu Hall got its name
from the verdant Chinese wisteria in front of the hall. The
classical stage is 9.85 (106 square ft) meters high, covering an
area of 450 square meters (1476 square ft).
With the most well-preserved condition, it shows the features of
classical stage in China. In the courtyard if the Crane Pavilion
plated with a magnolia and the tree has an age of hundreds of years
and witnessed the change of the mansion.
Opening Hours: Every day from 09:00 to 17:00 except Monday
How to get there: Travelers can take buses 1, 2, 5, 29, 55, 202, 313 and 811 to get
Ticket Price: Free
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