Bao’s Family Garden was originally the private garden of Bao Qiyun, a renowned businessman of Anhui province during the Qing Dynasty (1644 CE – 1912 CE), which is uniquely combines gardens and bonsai trees in the Hui style. It is as well-known among private gardens in southern China as the Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou and Liyuan Garden in Wuxi. The garden was ruined towards the end of the Qing Dynasty and was renovated by later generations. Today the garden is the most popular garden and bonsai collection in China. More than 50 acres in size, the garden is home to tens of thousands of delicate bonsai of different origins, both domestic and foreign.
The bonsai trees in Bao’s Family Garden are of multiple varieties, diverse in their shapes and delicate in appearance. Visiting the garden and strolling through the bonsai trees, visitors can bask among the breathtaking flowers and the calming sounds of the waters nearby. The Bao Family Garden is very near the striking Tangyue Memorial Archways and the two blend to each other so harmoniously, creating a perfect picture of Anhui culture local flavor.
The Bao Family Garden enjoys great reputation around the world, referred to as the “mother of oriental gardens” and “Mekka of garden-lovers” among other epithets. Bonsai collected in the garden are so rare and precious that it has proven to be imperative for visitors to see over the years, many of whom find it quite difficult to leave. As a must-see in Huangshan China, the enticing Bao Family Garden is very much deserving of your time.
Chinese Pinyin: bao jia hua yuan
Hours of Operation: 7:30-18:00
Ticket price:80 Yuan (including visiting the Tangyue Memorial Archway)
Location: Tangyue Village, Shexian County, Huangshan City
How to get there: The No. 10 bus in Shexian County shuttles to Tangyue village directly and it costs 2 Yuan to get there.