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Suzhou - Lingering Garden

Jiangsu - Lianyungang - Nanjing - Suzhou - Wuxi - Yangzhou - Zhenjiang

One of the 4 renowned gardens in Suzhou, Liuyuan, or Lingering Garden, was first built in the Ming dynasty and was rebuilt by a Qing official. Its Taihu Lake rocks boost its reputation both at home and abroad.

The core of the 2 ha garden is a pond, with hills to the northwest and buildings to the southeast responsible for a good many of the contrasting effects. The eastern section features mainly halls and courtyards. The imposing Wufengxian (Five-Peak immortals) Hall is the largest hall of all the Suzhou gardens. The western section is dotted with vegetation whereas the northern section is reminiscent of a peaceful countryside.