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The Classical Gardens of Suzhou, Suzhou

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Included on the World Heritage List, The Classical Gardens of Suzhou showcases classical gardens once used by powerful aristocrats and businessmen. The foundations of the site were laid during the 6th century BCE, but it was during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties (1644-1911) that the gardens became a city hotspot. You can visit up to 69 preserved gardens and its residential sections which still maintain the classical structure, arrangement of furniture, style, and aesthetics. Notice how each layout combines Chinese philosophy with Oriental art, creating a tranquil cultural aura. The site regularly follows a monitoring plan, so routine maintenance can temporarily ban tourists from accessing certain gardens. Arrange your visit to The Classical Gardens of Suzhou and discover more family-friendly attractions in Suzhou using our Suzhou itinerary planner.
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  • It was great to have a look into what life must have been like for the family and staff that made up this household. I particularly enjoyed this visit because the gardens weren't too extensive. There ...  more »
  • A really great way to spend an afternoon is to research (book or online) and pick 2 or 3 gardens that strike your fancy and head out. If you like stone arrangements (I'm now a fan), this is your town....  more »
  • This is one of many amazing cultural and historic gardens in Suzhou. Certainly not the biggest but not to be missed. It has a lot of historic rooms, buildings and water features crammed into a fairly ...  more »