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Classical Gardens of Suzhou
Classical Gardens of Suzhou

Classical Gardens of Suzhou

The classical gardens of Suzhou feature some of the most tranquil and pristine landscapes in China. More than 50 gardens dating as far back as the sixth century BC feature a network of manicured paths, bridges, ponds, and pavilions over much of the historic city of Suzhou. Nine of the gardens are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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7:30am–5:30pm daily
Suzhou, Eastern China

The basics

You can visit the gardens on a day trip from Shanghai. Most tours include entrance to one or more of the classical gardens, and can also be combined with a trip to nearby attractions, like the Zhouzhuang water village, Tong Li Old Town, or the Silk Museum. If you wish to see the most famous of Suzhou’s gardens in one day, book a private day trip of Suzhou. The Lingering Garden, famous for its garden hall inlaid with ancient calligraphy, and the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the largest of the nine, are the best-preserved, but also worth visiting are the Master of Nets Garden and Tiger Hill.

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Things to know before you go

*Bonsai trees, garden canals, and other water features make the gardens of Suzhou a hit with kids. *If not visiting the gardens as part of an organized tour, expect to pay separate admission for each garden. *Wear comfortable walking shoes, and be prepared for steps and uneven surfaces.

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How to get there

Suzhou is located approximately 62 miles (100 km) west of Shanghai, and the two cities are connected by high-speed train. Once in town, take the Suzhou metro or public buses between the various gardens.

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When to get there

Most gardens are open daily throughout the year, and they tend to be at their most colorful in spring and autumn. If visiting during the summer months, come first thing in the morning to avoid the midday heat, and try to avoid visiting on weekends and Chinese national holidays.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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