With the history of more than 650 years, the Lions Grove Garden is characterized by its numerous bamboos and legion of curiously shaped rocks, meant to resemble lions in different posture and verves: playing, roaring, sleeping, fighting or dancing. So the garden was named Lions Grove Garden. According to historical record, the garden was constructed by a Buddhist monk Tianru to commemorate his master who lived on Lion Cliff in Zhejiang Province. After Tianru passed away, the followers dismissed and the garden became desolate. In 1589 of Ming Dynasty, a monk began to rebuilt the garden and it was prosperous again. In Qing Dynasty, the garden and temple was divided and the garden was bought by Huang Xing, a government official.
As representative garden in Suzhou, Lions Grove Garden is an ideal place for sightseeing because of its richly ornamental pavilions and towers in different styles each of which has its own story and history. Lions Grove Garden is notable for its labyrinthine rockery made of limestone from Taihu Lake so the garden is regarded as the Kingdom of Rockery. In the past, there was a Nine-Lion Peak (nine stone lions standing in a row) at the north of Xiaofangting. But due to the changes and ravages of the time and erosion, the peak now little resemble to the lions.
Covering an area of about 1.1 hectares, the garden is separated into two parts, the housing and rockery around a central pond. The garden houses 22 buildings, 25 tablets, 71 steles, 5 carved wooden screens and 13 ancient specimen trees. The garden is famous for its grotto of Taihu rocks. The pond divides the grotto into two sections – east and west. By the way, the whole garden shows atmosphere of Zen Buddhism and is an apotheosis of Jiangnan gardens construction.
Opening Time: 07:30 to 17:00
Admission: RMB 30 from October 31-April 5, RMB 40 from April 6-October 30.
How to Get to: Take bus no. 811, 529, or Tourist Bus No. 1 & 5, then get off at Suzhou Museum Stop