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I visited on a week day so less crowded than at the weekend. Well worth the admission, the gardens are magnificently laid out with many limestone and plant features. The lotus were blossoming which added to the beauty but best of all was the bonsai...More
It was a hot and humid summer day in Suzhou, but no one seemed mind the weather. People everywhere and crowded at some points.
The garden is a historic site and a must see, but the weather and jam packed people really reduce the desires...More
Must visit when you are in Suzhou. Intricate cobble walkways (look down for the colorful dragonfly, turtle,..), zig-zag foot bridges, bonsai gardens,..... Tranquil and will transport you to a different time period. The place is big enough to avoid the huge tour groups (walk in...More
Despite the sign which explicitly stated that students receive a 50% discount from the regular 90元 admission fee, the employee at the ticket office wouldn't offer me the deal as I was a foreign student (even though I presented my valid student ID from the...More
I've been here many times and its always beautiful. I would say that if you want to go, don't go in the summer because its to hot and the long walk will tire you out a lot. look for a lazy day. Try not to...More
I had a difficult time finding the entrance off the main road until I found someone who spoke English (after several tries). Once I got inside, it was worth the effort. It's really a lovely walled garden filled with old architecture, ponds, and foot bridges....More
A typical Chinese garden, large professional, well laid out, washrooms inside, nice ponds/rocks & bonsai trees.
Do not go on the weekend of a Chinese holiday.....stupidly busy....
Please could use some TLC, fresh paint, and cleaning would spruce it up nicely.
I didn't see any...More
It really is an amazing garden but the crowds really make it a disappointing experience. If I were to try and go again, I would try and get there as soon as they opened in an attempt to enjoy the park. If it crowded, I...More
If your husband doesnt like the gardens much, and if you must visit one garden, I would definitely recommend the Couple's retreat garden. Basically we stumbled upon this "gem" when we went on hunt for a zoo for my kid. Once... More
If your husband doesnt like the gardens much, and if you must visit one garden, I would definitely recommend the Couple's retreat garden. Basically we stumbled upon this "gem" when we went on hunt for a zoo for my kid. Once you enter the couple's retreat garden complex, dont take right, this is where the normal tour bus takes. You can take left and you will see beautiful lake. Walk further and you will see some fishing area, boating area, the entire area seems so beautiful and Europeanish, reminded of one the lakes I visited in Germany. With almost nobody around, we had the garden to ourselves, pretty much. We just loved this place, luckily this hasn't been so touristy or might be we were lucky that day. If you walk on the other side you will reach the Ou Yuan garden, along a beautiful lake and then it goes to the touristic Couples retreat garden. And hey, this was FREE. I highly recommend this if you want to avoid too much people.
However, if you are ok having lots of people around you, you can visit the humble administrator garden, its quite beautiful, but too expensive and crowded.
Have a good trip to Suzhou!