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      The city of Suzhou has always been called "Paradise on Earth". It is China's well-known "city of gardens", which tops all others in both the number and the artistry of gardens.

      Dating from Pi Jiang Garden of the Eastern Jin Dynasty, Suzhou's art of gardening has undergone a history of 1500 years. Gardens in Suzhou are not large, but are fascinating in their delicate design, containing hills and ponds, pavilions, terraces, corridors and towers. There were once over 200 gardens in the city, and 69 of them are still in good reservation today. Called the Venice of the East, Suzhou's high water table supplies the vast number of ponds and streams found throughout the city and it is these ponds that serve to focus the many elements of the garden within a small space.

    Suzhou Gardens Suzhou Gardens

      The concept of Suzhou classical gardens has gone beyond the city limits, since it generally refers to all those private gardens built in the regions south of the Yangtze.

      The Suzhou gardens originated from the desire to retire from the strife of officialdom and to shun from worldly affairs. It seeks the return to Nature and the cultivation of temperament. In Taoist philosophy and the refinement of culture underlies the theme of the garden. Hills and waters, flowers and trees, pavilions, terraces, towers and halls constitute the basic garden elements, while the prominent tone is expressed in the dark color of roof tiles, the gray of bricks, and chestnut brown of wooden pillars.

      Suzhou gardens are the Nature in nutshell, which enables one to "feel the charm of mountains, forest and springs without going out of the noisy surroundings of the town". Its human interest also lies in that the architect, philosopher, poet, painter, and common people can all find in it the idea, the flavor, the lines and the rhythm. The unfolding of the garden vistas is the verisimilitude of a landscape scroll. When enjoying tea, poem, and flower arrangement or playing musical instrument in the garden, one gains the most natural inspiration. To those tourists desiring to understand China, Suzhou gardens are the best museum.

      Gardens in Suzhou are precious heritage of Chinese history and world history.

      Oriental Venice Rebuilds Landscaped Gardens

      Landscaped Gardens in east China's Suzhou City, known as the "Oriental Venice " because of the legendary Italian traveler Marco Polo, is attracting an uninterrupted flow of visitors from both home and abroad.

      While marveling at the delicate design containing hills, ponds, pavilions, terraces, corridors and towers, most visitors to the 2, 500-year-old city in Jiangsu Province probably don't know that these picturesque gardens, now on the World Heritage list, were almost completely destroyed before the founding of New China in 1949.

    Suzhou Gardens Suzhou Gardens

      But for the efforts by the government and the local people's love for traditional Chinese architectural art, the gardens wouldn 't have been restored and renovated to its original splendor, said Xie Xiaosi, a 95-year-old resident in Suzhou.

      The gardens of Suzhou can be dated back as early as about 514 B.C. when the city was built. There were as many as 200 gardens dotted in the city in its prime during the 16th to 18th centuries.

      The gardens have long been considered as the quintessence of Chinese horticulture. The World Heritage Committee refers to Suzhou as the cradle of horticulture in the world.

      Many of these gardens, however, suffered serious damage from wars in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The "Garden of Leisure," for example, built in 1596 with an area of 20,000 square meters, was destroyed by the Japanese invaders.

      In the early 1950s, a huge campaign was launched to restore the gardens of Suzhou. The best craftsmen from all over China were called in to restore historical doors, windows, bricks, tiles and furniture as well as calligraphy and paintings in the gardens.

      In the last 20 years, 200 million yuan has been spent on restoring the gardens. A number of research institutes have also been actively involved in the restoration work.

      Suzhou gardens were put on UNESCO's World Heritage list in December 1997.

  • One day private tour to top highlights in Suzhou and Zhouzhuang

    One day private tour to top highlights in Suzhou and Zhouzhuang

      Many people call Suzhou as the Venice of China because of its larger network of water canals and towns. Zhouzhuang is undoubtedly the most famous one for its well-preserved architectures which can be dated back to more than 900 years ago. Unlike many other ancient towns, you can board a Chinese-style gondola to cruise along the waterways from one alley to other to admire the spectacular architecture and experience laid-back atmosphere of local living. In the tour, you have the opportunities of appreciating the classic garden, canal, and city wall in Suzhou , as well as Immersing yourself into the No. 1 water town of China - Zhouzhuang.

    Price : from USD 112

  • Three day Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou exploring private tour

    Three day Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou exploring private tour

    Visit the highlights of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou. In Shanghai, see exhibitions at the "Urban Planning Exhibition Hall", "Yuyuan Garden", the famous bazaar "Chenghuang Temple", the architecture complex "Bund" and the magnificent "World Financial Center".In Suzhou, visit a UNESCO garden: "Lion Grove Garden" and the classic "Suzhou museum".In Hangzhou view the sacred "Lingyin Temple" and cruise the beautiful "West lake".

    Price : from USD 236

  • Three day adventure private tour of Shanghai and Suzhou

    Three day adventure private tour of Shanghai and Suzhou

      The tour includes both Shanghai and Suzhou. In Shanghai, you experience the elegant "Yuyuan Garden", marvel at Western-style towers that once made Shanghai Paris of the East along "the Bund",enjoy gorgeous panoramic view of the new Shanghai on top of "Oriental Pearl Tower", shop in "Chenghuang temple",learn the history of Shanghai from "Shanghai Museum" and take a look at the modern face of Shanghai from "Pudong New Area". In Suzhou, you explore the biggest garden in Suzhou "Humble Administrator’s Garden", the magnificent "Panmen City Gate" and at last "have a cruise on the Grand Canal".

    Price : from USD 238

  • See classic  Shanghai and Suzhou in three day

    See classic Shanghai and Suzhou in three day

    In this tour, you'll get to explore Shanghai and Suzhou in 3 days. In Shanghai,you will visit the elegant "Yu Garden", marvel at Western-style towers that once made Shanghai Paris of the East along "the Bund", have a panoramic view of the modern Shanghai on top of "Oriental Pearl Tower", do some shopping in "Chenghuang temple", learn the history of Shanghai from "Shanghai Museum" and overlook skylines of Shanghai from "Pudong New Area". In Suzhou,visit "the Humble Administrator's Garden" which is the largest garden in Suzhou, the elegant "Panmen City Gate" as well as have a cruise on the "Grand Canal".

    Price : from USD 253

  • Four day authentic tour of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou

    Four day authentic tour of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou

    This 4 days Eastern China tour will begin from the modern city Shanghai to stretch the two of famous Chinese culture cities as Hangzhou and the Suzhou,during the four days program you will In Shanghai, experience the sophisticated and elegant Yuyuan Garden; marvel at Western-style towers that once made Shanghai Paris of the East along the Bund; enjoy gorgeous panoramic views of the new Shanghai from the top of Oriental Pearl Tower; In Suzhou,visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden,explore the elegant Panmen City Gate and at last have a cruise on the Grand Canal. In Hangzhou,cruise on west lake and then end the tour at the Dragon Well Tea plantation and the tiger spring.

    Price : from USD 346

  • Four day highlights tour of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou in private tour

    Four day highlights tour of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou in private tour

     This private tour includes the highlights of the metropolis Shanghai, the garden town Suzhou and the West Lake town Hangzhou. In Shanghai, the program includes the elegant "Yuyuan Garden", the Western-style towers that once made Shanghai Paris of the East along "the Bund", a panoramic view of Shanghai on top of "Oriental Pearl Tower", famous bazaar "Chenghuang temple", the informative "Shanghai Museum", and the city skyline Pudong New Area. In Suzhou, see the largest garden "the Humble Administrator's Garden", the elegant "Panmen City Gate" and have a cruise on the Grand Canal. In Hangzhou, have a cruise on the famous "west lake" and learn about the tea culture.

    Price : from USD 320

  • Experience Shanghai,  suzhou and  hangzhou in four days with a small group

    Experience Shanghai, suzhou and hangzhou in four days with a small group

    This tour is a small group tour and the vehicle provided is more comfortable than the normal coach with reasonable arrangements and it covers all of the city’s spectacular sights with a knowledgeable guide. In Shanghai, you can visit the urban oasis "Jade Buddha Temple",have a stroll on "People's Square", visit an ancient arts collection at the "Shanghai Museum", and move to the elegant "Yuyuan Garden", entertainment center "Xin Tian Di", famous bazaar "Chenghuang Temple",architecture complex "the Bund" and cruise on huangpu river. In Suzhou, you are able to discover the classic "Suzhou Museum", the largest garden in Suzhou "The Humble Administrator’s Garden" and the famous "Tiger Hill".In Hangzhou, you'll explore the sacred "Lingyin Temple" and cruise on west lake.

    Price : from USD 365

  • Four day best of sightseeing tour of Shanghai, suzhou and hangzhou

    Four day best of sightseeing tour of Shanghai, suzhou and hangzhou

    The tour covers all of the city’s spectacular sights with a knowledgeable guide. In shanghai, you experience the Spiritual Oasis "Jade Buddha Temple", leisure walk on the "People's Square", ancient Chinese art museum "Shanghai Museum",classic garden "Yuyuan Garden",entertainment district "Xin Tian Di",ancient bazaar "Chenghuang Temple",architectural complex "the Bund" and the "night cruise on huangpu river"; In Suzhou, you explore the famous "Suzhou Museum", largest Suzhou garden "the Humble Administrator’s Garden" and the "Tiger Hill"; In Hangzhou, you discover the well-known "Lingyin Temple" and the city landmark "west lake".

    Price : from USD 365

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