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Humble Administrator's Garden (Zhuōzhèng yuán)

  • 178 Dongbei Jie Map It
  • Suzhou
  • Garden/Arboretum
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 05/28/2013

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More than half of Suzhou's largest garden is occupied by ponds and lakes. The garden was built in 1509 by Wang Xianjun, an official dismissed from the imperial court. He chose the garden's name from a Tang Dynasty line of poetry reading "humble people govern," perhaps a bit of sarcasm considering the grand scale of his private residence. In the warmer months the pond overflows with fragrant lotuses and the garden fills with tourists. Seek out the tiny museum for an informative

display on the aesthetics of Chinese gardens.

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Sight Information


178 Dongbei Jie, 1 block east of Lindun Lu, Suzhou, 215002, China

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Sight Details:

  • Mid-Apr.–Oct., Y70; Nov.–mid-Apr., Y50
  • Daily 7:30–5:30

Updated 05/28/2013


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