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Beijing to Shanghai Sights

Joyous Garden (Yíyuán)

  • 343 Renmin Lu
  • Suzhou
  • Garden/Arboretum

Updated 01/09/2015

Fodor's 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.

Sight Information


343 Renmin Lu, Suzhou, 215002, China



Sight Details:

  • Y15
  • Daily 7:30–5

Updated 01/09/2015


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