Garden (Humble Administrator's Garden)
Zhuozhengyuan Garden is
the largest garden in Suzhou, located in the northeastern
section of the city, and one of the four most
famous classical gardens in China. The garden's
scenery is focused on a central pond with various
buildings of pavilions, terraces, chambers, and
towers located by the water or on hillocks in
a natural, unsophisticated, and appropriate composition.
The garden is most representative of Chinese classical
gardens in the Ming Dynasty. It was laid out in
1513 by the censor, Wang Xiancheng, after his
retirement from political life. He named the garden
after an essay by Pan Yue of Jing Era, "On
Idle Living,": "Building house and planting
trees, watering garden and growing vegetables
are the affairs (Zheng) of humble (Zhuo) people."
After his death, his son gambled away the garden.
When Taiping troops occupied
Suzhou in 1860, King Zhongwang picked this site
and the neighboring buildings of the present historical
museum as a residence as well as a center for
his political activities. The entire grounds can
be divided into three parts: eastern, central,
and western. The central one is especially worth
a visit. It centers around Yuanxiang Tang pavilion.
Two artificial islands linked to each other in
the lotus pond north of the pavilion are densely
overgrown with bamboo plants and trees, creating
the impression that the entire garden is floating
on water. In the western part, Sanshiliu Yuanyang
Guan Hall (the Hall of the Thirty-Six Mandarin
Ducks, will attract the visitor's special interest.
On the adjoining lake, one used to be able to
see mandarin ducks--a symbol of marital faithfulness.
Today, some of the mandarin ducks swim in a fenced-off
part of the lake. West of the garden, there is
a noteworthy bonsai exhibition and a teahouse.
trips to Zhuozhengyuan Garden:
China Tour To Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Tongli,
Tour To Beijing, Nanjing, Yangzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou,
China Tours To Beijing, Nanjing, Wuxi, Suzhou,
China Travel To Beijing, Xi'an, Hangzhou, Suzhou,
Huangshan Mountain, Shanghai
China Tours: Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo,
Nanjing, Suzhou, Tongli, Shanghai
Day Private Suzhou Tour To Zhuozhengyuan Garden,
Huqiu Garden, Wangshiyuan Garden