The Humble Administrator's Garden
The Humble Administrator's Garden is the largest and most famous of the classical gardens of Suzhou. It was laid out in 1513 and is most remarkable for its fascinating use of water ponds. Basically half the whole garden complex is centred around a series of large ponds that filled with goldfish and ducks. Between the ponds are a cluster of islands, some with charming pavilions on them. The most famous of these pavilions is the Hall of Distant Fragrances which is named after the large lotus pond that is nearby. The hall is filled with porcelain vases and antique furniture. The islands themselves are connected by wooden bridges. Then of course there are the large rock sculptures that pop up in every classical garden in China. Here they are less noteworthy. The eastern half of the garden is more resembling of a Western garden has it is filled with large open spaces and flowers.
Admission to the Humble Administrator's Garden is Y45 and it is open from 7:30am to 5:30pm.
Han Shan Si River
This is the surrounding of the Han Shan Si.
This place look so serene and peaceful.
This used to be a temple where some here to seek peace and repent from their sins.
You can see some houses that are built along the river.
Best collection of garden architecture
"Resting at a corner in the yard"
Chinese window wooden frame, little planted tree, narrow walking aisle, there are all typical garden construction creating a great peaceful atmosphere for resting.
"Bankside of Ou Yuan"
Normally, the ancient architecture also cares about the best combination with others around. And the best for having around the house is to have a river, which provides an outlet for the resident to get away.
By stepping out of Ou Yuan, you can take a short cruise on this river and arrive at the bank. If you are in a mood, also can enjoy the local boat song sang by the old lady whom boating at the time.
"Green look of Zhuo Zheng Yuan"
There are just greens everywhere. Green from lotus leaf, green from willow tree, green from far behind the buildings.
"Heart is peaceful as the quite water"
This aisle is quite typical in the ancient buildings as well, especially with the water next to it.
There is an old saying in Chinese to describe an ambience for a person can reach is: Heart is peaceful as the unflowing water.