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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 yesterday

This is one of the largest gardens in Suzhou, yet somehow it feels more manageable and compact than some of the others. However, the hordes of Chinese tour groups (alas, they don't offer tours in English) will make it a trying experience to navigate and...More

Thank Jarko2015
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a treat, this place is a definite must do. The grounds are are magnificent and the buildings are not far behind. We did this as part of a tour and having the guide gave us the information and history needed to fully appreciate it.

Thank Meggs888
Reviewed 2 days ago

an amazing traditional home that is now a tourist attraction, a magnificent home and gardens with large ponds and big selection of different plants, trees and shrubs. There is a big section on bonsai.s and has a lot of Chinese culture here, recommend that you...More

1  Thank janev8
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The gardens were beautiful and very well maintained. Lovely water features and the buildings were an excellent example of Chinese architecture.

Thank Joelle G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit . They have an amazing collection of bonsai plants. We visited this after going to Tongli. It made for a long day but this was worth the stop.

Thank TomFromBellaire
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The deeper you get into the garden the more it unfolds and the more interesting things there are to discover. The main garden and bonsai sections are probably the most interesting. The volume of tour groups to this garden is high and you are literally...More

Thank Katie L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went there with a tour group and tt was great place to visit. The entrance to it was very interesting because there was lots of things to look at and read about as our tour guide explain some or most of it. I would...More

Thank kelly11584
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for coming. We have a free English speaking guide on time. We look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 12 August 2017

We visited the Lingering Gardens as part of our Nexus "Best Of China + Yangtze River Cruis" tour. It is absolutely beautiful and elegant. Our local guide Jessica was very knowledgeable of the history of these gardens and the beauty of the layout is simply...More

1  Thank Liz G
Reviewed 10 August 2017

I visited Suzhou in June 2017. The Lingering Garden was the fourth classical Chinese garden that I visited. It is a beautiful garden and place for quiet reflection. Like the Master-of-Nets Garden, it also has many Chinese artifacts. To get here from the Master-of-Nets Garden...More

Thank blairkk25
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

My friend and I chose this garden over the humble administrators as it fit in with our schedule better whilst being in Suzhou and other things we wanted to see and do that day. Have to say we think we may have made the wrong...More

1  Thank Karandak
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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.