The Classical Gardens of Suzhou are a group of gardens in Suzhou region, Jiangsu province which have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Spanning a period of almost one thousand years, from the Northern Song to the late Qing dynasties (11th-19th century), these gardens, most of them built by scholars, standardized many of the key features of classical Chinese garden design with constructed landscapes mimicking natural scenery of rocks, hills and rivers with strategically located pavilions and pagodas.
The elegant aesthetics and subtlety of these scholars’ gardens and their delicate style and features are often imitated by various gardens in other parts of China, including the various Imperial Gardens, such as those in the Chengde Mountain Resort. According to UNESCO, the gardens of Suzhou “represent the development of Chinese landscape garden design over more than two thousand years,” and they are the “most refined form” of garden art.
These landscape gardens flourished in the mid-Ming to early-Qing dynasties, resulting in as much as 200 private gardens. Today, there are 69 preserved gardens in Suzhou, and all of them are designated as protected “National Heritage Sites.” In 1997 and 2000, eight of the finest gardens in Suzhou along with one in the nearby ancient town of Tongli were selected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site to represent the art of Suzhou-style classical gardens.
Famous Suzhou garden designers include Zhang Liang, Ji Cheng, Ge Yuliang, and Chen Congzhou.
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1 – The Couple’s Garden Retreat
2 – The Lion Grove Grove Garden
3 – The Canglang Pavilion
1 – The Retreat and Reflection Garden
2 – The Mountain Villa of Embraced Beauty
3 – The Garden of Cultivation
1 – The Humble Administrator’s Garden
2 – The Master – of – Nets Garden
3 – The Lingering Garden
The Master – of – Nets Garden
The Garden of Cultivation
The Couple’s Garden Retreat
The Lingering Garden
The Canglang Pavilion
The Humble Administrator’s Garden
The Retreat and Reflection Garden
The Mountain Villa of Embraced Beauty
The Lion Grove Grove Garden
From Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
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