As the largest classic garden in Suzhou, Humble Administrator’s Garden （Pinyin: Zhuo Zheng Yuan） is clustered with water features, a museum, a teahouse and at least 10 pavilions. It was built in Ming Dynasty for a government official and poet, Wangxianchen.
Humble Administrator’s Garden is representative of classic garden in Jiangnan (the south bank of Yangtze River). The garden is divided into three sections – eastern section, central section and western section. Covering an area of 20,666 square meters, eastern section is dotted with sheer hills, green grasses, dense bamboo, pine trees and winding stream. But some sceneries are rebuilt. You can get panoramic view from the south wall in east section. Central section is the essence of the whole garden, with one-third of its area covered by water. Yuanxiang Hall in central section is the main building of the garden which is named after a lotus pool nearby and once was the banquet hall. Various kinds of scenery was built centering on Yuanxiang Hall. The western section with an area of 8333 square meters contain a main building which is subdivided into two by a screen. The south part is 18 Camellias Hall and the north part is 36 Pairs of Mandarin Duck Hall, which are very exquisite and extravagant.
Adopting the traditional method of garden building in Jiangnan, depending on nature and borrowing the scenery outside the garden, the layout of the Humble Administrator’s Garden has drawn the skills from traditional painting art and created natural scenery with water and hills. The scenes in the garden changes as tourists view in different position. The garden contains 48 different buildings with 101 tablets, 40 stelae and 21 precious old trees as well as bridges, lakes and pools. It is a representative masterpiece of classical gardens in the south area of Yangtze River.
Opening Time: 7:30 – 17:30
Suggested Visiting Hour: 2 to 3 hours
Admission: RMB 70 in low season (from October 31 to April 5), RMB 90 in high season (from April 6 to October 30)
How to Get to: take bus No. 40 or 313, Y1, Y2 and get off at Beiyuan Road Station; or take taxi.