Lingering Garden

At just over 2.3 hectares, the Lingering Garden is one of Suzhou’s largest and is considered exquisite for its melding of buildings within the garden landscape. Corridors and bridges criss-cross the grounds with windows and partitions allowing well-chosen views. Divided into four parts, the eastern section holds halls and courtyards, the western section is the ‘wild’ area with earth mounds and trees and there’s a bonsai garden in the north. The central part is the main garden, centered around a lake bordered with trees and large rocks from Taihu (Tai Lake). Several pagodas and pavilions add to the scenery. The Lingering Garden also hosts a collection of steles with inscriptions from famous calligraphers from way back in the Jin Dynasty up until the Qing Dynasty.

Admission: ¥40 peak season (16/03-30/10); ¥30 low season (31/10-15/03). Open: 7:30-17:30.

Address: 338 Liuyuan Lu. Tel: +86 (0512) 6557 9466. Website: http://www.gardenly.com/

Directions: Liuyuan is west of the City Walls, running east-west between Tongjing Bei Lu and Guangji Lu. Show a taxi driver the Chinese below or take tourist bus Y1 (from Tiger Hill, the Railway Station or the Humble Administrator’s Garden).

Show the taxi driver: 请带我去留园,谢谢。 (Please take me to Lingering Garden. Thank you.)