After Suzhou Museum, we moved on to next door to visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden (拙政園). Humble Administrator’s Garden is the largest garden in Suzhou, and one of the most popular gardens in Southern China. This UNESCO heritage site was first built in 1509 and was once the private garden of different poets, scholars and the wealthy and famous individuals in the region. This 5.2-hectare garden is dominated by pavilions, lily ponds, small lakes, small villas, and a extensive network of bridges and covered walkways.
The garden was full of local visitors. For the first half of the garden, it felt like as if we entered a community park with leisure walkways winding along a small lake. Spring flowers were in full bloom, while locals were busy taking selfies. The garden was really crowded and sometimes noisy. We imagined that it would be pleasant to wander around Humble Administrator’s Garden if we could come at a less crowded time. Nevertheless, we did find charming moments deeper in the garden at a few tranquil spots.
Once inside, the garden is dominated by a series of lakes and ponds of various sizes.
The garden is full of small sky-wells and courtyards, blurring the boundary between exterior and interior spaces.
Flying eaves of a pavilion by the water. An interconnected water system was considered to be a crucial element in a traditional Suzhou garden.
A covered bridge linking pavilions and covered walkways in the garden.
Interior decorations inside a pavilion.
Window openings in Chinese architecture often serve as picture frames for beautiful scenery.
A tranquil corner of water pond, peach blossom and white washed walls viewed from a small pavilion.
Humble Administrator’s Garden is a perfect place for a leisure stroll when it is not overwhelmed by visitors.
A painter at work attracting the attention of a tourist group.
The undulating tiled roof resembles the back of the dragon.
A zigzag walkway along a water pond and mirror-like reflections.
Vine trellis of different designs could be found in the garden. They provided perfect sun shading to visitors.
The pink peach tree blossom standing out among the garden greenery was often the centre of attention to visitors.
The vine trellis provided pleasant natural shading for visitors.
Pink flowers in full bloom near the exit of the garden.
Street vendor selling a wide range of fresh fruits. Bright red, green, yellow and purple, these colourful fruits caught our attention from afar.
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0.0 SHANGHAI, 2016
1.0 SUZHOU MUSEUM, Suzhou, China
2.0 HUMBLE ADMINISTRATOR’S GARDEN, Suzhou, China
3.0 LION GROVE GARDEN, Suzhou, China
4.0 SOUP DUMPLINGS AND MORNING STROLL, Shanghai, China
5.0 ROCKBUND, Shanghai, China
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8.0 POLY GRAND THEATRE (上海保利大劇院), Shanghai, China
9.0 FORMER FRENCH CONCESSION, Shanghai, China
10.0 POWER STATION OF ART, Shanghai, China
11.0 LONG MUSEUM (龍美術館), West Bund, Shanghai, China
12.0 THE BUND (外灘) AT NIGHT, Shanghai, China
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