The Humble Administrator's Garden
The one garden that I visited during the daytime was the Humble Administrators Garden. It was quite lovely, but what detracted from it for me was the entry cost (Y70) which was much higher than other gardens and double what the Lonely planet from 2 years earlier had said. Also, the place was swamped with tour groups galore.
Suzhou's Confucius Temple (Kong Miao) was originally built in the Song dynasty, though its grand main hall dates from the Ming dynasty. Much of the temple was destroyed during the Taiping rebellion and rebuilt in the mid 1800s. Its prize possession is a stone carving depicting a map of Suzhou, dating from 1229, making it the oldest surviving city map in China. The grounds of the temple is decorated with "penjing" (miniature) trees.
Suzhou - famous for its gardens
Suzhou is famous for it's beautiful gardens, the Grand Canal and the best silk products. Located along the side of Lake Taihu in the Changjiang River region, and 100 kilometers east of Shanghai, Suzhou is an ancient cultural city built 2,500 years ago. Suzhou is crisscrossed by rivers. Many private gardens built since the Song Dynasty make the city known for classical gardens. In addition, many historical sites are extremely attractive for visitors. Its commerce and handicrafts are highly developed. Zhuozheng Garden, Liuyuan Garden, Huqiu Hill, Hanshan Temple and Institute of Embroidery are Suzhou's main tourist attractions.
CNTA Suzhou Tourism Website
Suzhou Garden Official Website
Around Suzhou.com Website
Attractions in Suzhou index
China Travel.com Website
Suzhou Travel Guide (Chinese Only)