Garden coutyards galore
If you are short of time, visit at least these two best and representative gardens:
1) Humble Adminitrator's Garden (Zhuozheng)
2) Garden of Master of Nets (Wangshi)
The Chinese word for garden is yuan. Same sound as Chinese money but different Chinese character.
Most gardens have their own English guide tours included in the admission ticket. So there is no need to get the many ready-to-hire guides waiting at the entrance of each garden.
Tour guides must wear the official tour guide tags. There are a few fakes.
After awhile you will be loaded with information of the different shapes of window, the angle of vision, the type of column support.
So once you have enough of information to last a lifetime, just walk away from your tour guide recitations and contemplate the quietness and tranquility of the gardens, enjoying yourself.
The "other" pagoda in Suzhou, the Ruiguang Pagoda, is located in the south of the old town, in the Pan Men Scenic Area. It is not as high as the North Temple Pagoda, reaching a height of 43 metres only.
Suzhou is located in southeastern Jiangsu Province. Renowned for its gracefully landscaped gardens,
legendary Kungfu stories & water villages. Once the ancient city of Wu Kingdom.
Suzhou like Hangzhou were described by Marco Polo as the paradise on earth.
For more details, please go to www.suzhou-travel.org.
"The Wangshi / Fisherman Garden"
Built during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). It is a major unit of relics under state protection as well as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
This classical garden reflects the culture, philosophy & natural beauty of China. The garden incorporates ponds & rock formations with bridges & pavilions & a host of other features.
It is the smallest but the finest among all the private gardens in Suzhou.
The oldest scenic garden in Suzhou. A temple is built on the hillside with ancient pogodas. There are dozens of scenic sites, each tells its own legend. The ancient Yunyansi Pagoda is reputable as The Leaning Tower of Pisa of the Orient. It is leaning by a gradient of 2.48 degrees.