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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 18 May 2017 via mobile

We visited this garden. In this city going to a garden is a must. This apparently is one of the top two. A garden is really an entire grounds with different sections. Not like a garden you see in europe or north america. In other...More

Thank bradleyb001
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

When we arrived I thought I was going to be disappointed again however this garden was everything I imagined a Chinese garden to be. Streams and bridges and bonsai trees. Plenty of room to sit and reflect. Tour guides good although see spoke too fast....More

Thank Rude65
Reviewed 7 May 2017

This Lingering Garden has shown the architecture of ancient Chinese garden and building and also how is their life style.

Thank Broson T
Reviewed 7 May 2017

An interesting experience, classic walled garden and house in downtown Suzhou, well worth a visit Go late in the afternnon to avoid the crowd.

Thank Graham T
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

My time in China and we went to the Lingering Garden. It is peaceful, beautiful and I was blown away. It was crowded so getting some photos sans crowds was quite challenging. Not being a crowd person, I was still able to take in my...More

Thank ngriffith32655
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

All around beautiful garden to spend a few hours taking in different parts. We enjoyed some tea and sunflower seeds at the tea shop. The second floor seating is more expensive but nice way to relax during your tour. I'd recommend it.

Thank bubbleti
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

We went to the Lingering Gardens as part of our Sinorama tour. Lovely sunny day and the wisteria was in bloom. That was the great part. But we went on a Saturday so it was quite busy and Chinese people like to push past you...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Slightly less touristy than the Humble Administrator's Garden or Lion Stone Forest Garden, this garden was the best of the three main gardens I visited. It was extremely pretty with a really classical feeling (just my opinion, I don't know much about Chinese gardens). The...More

1  Thank Cultural-Keys
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

To see a different an other garden we came here with some visitors. It's a smaller garden but definitely worth to see it. We were very surprised, when we asked for an audio guide in english a guide in person offered his service (with no...More

1  Thank Ralph W
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

A very peaceful and tranquil setting , with some exquisite gardens and internal lake area. The Bonsai area is magnificent and well maintained. A great spot to visit to get away from hussle and bustle of city life.

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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.