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.)