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Lingering Garden & Canglang Pavilion

Lingering Garden, Suzhou, Jiangsu Lingering Garden

Lingering Garden can be divided into three parts: the middle, the east and the west. A long, curved corridor connects the three parts. Amazing stone carvings of famous people line the walls of the corridor. 

Under the eaves of the corridor there are windows inlayed with elegant and pretty patterns. The middle part is the essence of the whole Garden of Lingering In. A clear pond is surrounded by gently rolling hills dotted with trees, and the buildings around the pond blend in with the natural scenery.

Suzhou Gardens, Lingering GardenThe Garden for Lingering In is famous for its refined structure, especially the design of its flower-shaped windows. 

There is a relatively large space in the middle of each window, so the shadows of the trees outside become like lively, beautiful paintings hanging on the inside walls.

How to Get to Lingering Garden
1.    By subway: take line 2 and get off at Shilu Station. Leave from exit 1, walk north along South Guangji Road and turn west to walk for 3 minutes.
2.    By bus: no. 85, 317, 933, or tourist bus no. 1 to Lingering Garden.

Admission Fee:
CNY 40 (Mar.1 to May 31 and Sep. 1 to Nov. 30)
CNY 30 (June 1 to Aug. 31 and Dec. 1 to Apr. 30)
Opening Hours:
07:30 to 17:00
Recommended Visit Time
1-2 hours

Canglang Pavilion (Blue Wave Pavilion), Suzhou Canglang Pavilion

Canglang Pavilion (Blue Wave Pavilion) is the oldest among a number of existent Suzhou gardens, and has a total area of 11,000 square meters (about 3 acres). The uniqueness of Canglang Pavilion lies in its blend of outside scenery and interior beauty. This pavilion is exquisite because of its natural and harmonious design.

The whole pavilion is rather elegant, like a graceful lady. It is not construction skill that gives Canglang Pavilion its reputation, but its natural beauty. Here 'natural' has two meanings. First, the builders tried their best to keep the original characteristics of the materials when building the garden. They added no unnecessary decorations to the building materials. Second, the workers and craftsmen made every effort to make the water and the rock formations an integrated whole--just like natural scenery.

Suzhou Gardens-Canglang Pavilion 

The first view of Canglang Pavilion begins with water and rock formations. Strolling into the gate, you will first see a beautiful rock formation made from yellow stone. Trees grow  vigorously on the artificial mountain. Most of the buildings here are built around those man-made hills and connected by long corridors, which enhances the beauty and charm of the whole garden.

Admission Fee: CNY20: April – October;
CNY15: November – the next January
Opening Hours: 08:00 to 17:00
Bus Route: 1, 14, 28, 30, 51, 101, 102, 103, 701
Tourist Bus Route: 2,4,5

Note: Children below 1.2 meters (4 feet) can enter the garden for free if accompanied by an adult, and those between 1.2-1.5 meters (4-5 feet) can enjoy 50% off.

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