Suzhou, China Part I – Humble Administrator’s Garden

We left Nanjing sooner as it was rainning pretty hard.  Suzhou was not very far from Nanjing, and it is dubbed as the heaven on earth in ancient times. So we took our chance and went there instead.

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Venice of the East, though nowadays much of the city’s transportation is done on land as the city expanded quite a few times. You can still see lots of canals dabbling across old parts of the town.

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The Venice of the East is also known for some of the best private gardens you can find in China. The most famous one, often called the garden of gardens, Humble Administrator’s Garden.

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You may wonder how it got this rather intriguing name. This a garden was built for a politician for his retirement.  For a politician of his status to survive all these years uncathed is an accomplishment, but he doesn’t want to show off the extravant effort so he named his garden the Humble Administrator’s Garden.

This is a stone portrayal of the original garden.

Two stone greeters.

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We wonder if this is a pair of Mandarin ducks, the symbol of love and devotion in Chinese culture.

Behold, the rain.

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A room to play musical instruments.

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Right across from this room was this beautful, quiet mixture of bamboo and rockwork.  What a view if you sit in the room, playing a music, and when you look up, you see this.

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Tantan 微笑

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Gingseng Garden.

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Unique rockworks, a demonstration of local craftsmanship.

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Different types of ginsengs.

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Room another famous artist used to work.

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Bookroom/Office.

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Imagine sitting here and seeing the water and lotus greeneries out the balcony.  What a view!

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