Lion Forest Garden

The Lion Forest Garden differentiates itself from its brethren by being dominated by rocks. It’s quite a small garden, but the maze of walkways above and underneath the rock will be sure to have you walking in circles for some time. Dating from 1342 (Yuan Dynasty) the garden was constructed by disciples of the Zen Buddhist Abott Tianru Weize. The name comes from rocks in the garden that apparently resemble lions and have connections to a Buddhist story as well as special significance to the Abbott. Emperors Kangxi and Qianlong both visited the garden and were impressed enough to leave inscriptions and even try to recreate it elsewhere. In addition to rocks and water, Lion Forest Garden is also dotted with bamboo, old tress and sublime buildings.

Admission: ¥30 peak season (16/03-30/10); ¥20 low season (31/10-15/03). Open: 7:30-17:30.

Address: 23 Yuanlin Lu. Tel: +86 (0512) 6727 2428. Website:

Directions: Lion Forest Garden is about 7 minutes walk south of the Humble Administrator’s Garden. Show a taxi driver the Chinese below or take tourist buses Y1 or Y2 (from Tiger Hill, the Railway Station or the North Pagoda).

Show the taxi driver: 请带我去狮子林,谢谢。 (Please take me to Lion Forest Garden. Thank you.)