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Joyous Garden (Yíyuán)

Joyous Garden (Yíyuán) Review

The youngest garden in Suzhou, Joyous Garden was built in 1874. It borrows elements from Suzhou's other famous gardens: rooms from the Humble Administrator's, a pond from the Master of the Nets. The most unusual feature is an oversize mirror, inspired by the founder of Zen Buddhism, who stared at a wall for years to find enlightenment. The garden's designer hung the mirror opposite a pavilion, to let the building contemplate its own reflection. From April to October the garden doubles as a popular teahouse in the evening.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 343 Renmin Lu, Suzhou, 215002
  • Phone: 0512/6524–9317
  • Cost: Y15
  • Hours: Daily 7:30-5
  • Location: Suzhou
Updated: 05-28-2013

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