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Lingering Garden

Lingering Garden (Chinese: Liu Yuan) is a renowned classical garden located to the northwest of Suzhou. In 1997, the garden, along with other classical gardens in Suzhou, was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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Beautiful lutus-lit lake The iconic rock at Lingering Garden

Covering an area of 2.3 hectares, The garden was built in 1583 by Xu Taishi, a bureaucrat of the Ming court, as his private residence. It is the best preserved of all the Suzhou gardens. It is also one of the 4 most famous gardens in China, the other three being the Summer Palace in Beijing, the Mountain Summer Resort in Chengde, and the Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou.

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Lake view Delicate wintow silhouette against the outdoor plant

The entire garden is divided into four scenic areas - the center, the east, the west, and the north and covers an area of two hectares. It is said poems give us a picture. But in this case the garden gives us a poem, as reflected in the landscape design. Suzhou's classic gardens reflect the ancient Chinese proverb that says: "in Heaven there is Paradise; on earth, Suzhou." That proverb is indicative of the ancient Chinese desire to create a version of Heaven here on earth, by controlling and perfecting nature. The "bonsai" or Chinese "Penjing" is the ultimate manifestation of this desire to control and mimic nature. The Lingering Garden is truly heaven on earth.

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