The Meiyuan Garden is a famous place to view the plum blossom in
south China. In the garden grow over 40 varieties of plum blossom.
In winter or early spring when the flowers are in full bloom, the
garden takes on an imposing scene.
It was originally a private garden of a successful candidate in the
highest imperial examinations in feudal China at the end of the
Qing Dynasty. In 1912, the garden was occupied by the Rong family
who planted thousands of plum trees there, and the garden was then
renamed as "Meiyuan Garden"( plum garden in English).
Numerous crimsoned structures, towers, pavilions, tea house, dot
the landscape. A hexagonal three-storey's tower was built by the
two sons of the Rong family to memorize the 80th netherworld
birthday of their mother in 1930. The structure with red walls and
green roofs is very attractive.
There are superior flowering and fruiting plum trees introduced
from Japan and trees of orange, peach, plum, persimmon, gingko and
megranate planted at intervals. It has the four sightseeing areas
of Junzi (gentleman) Garden, Three Friends in Cold Weather, Sixiu
Garden and Winter Plum.
Walking along the trees-lined path through the blossom plum affords
an exhilarating experience.
Geographical Location: It is located on the south slope of Xushan Mountain in the west
suburbs of Wuxi, seven kilometers away from the urban areas.
Best time to visit： Winter or early spring