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Marco Polo once called Suzhou ‘The Venice of the Orient’. Networked by canals and graced by the Yangtze River, Suzhou is brimming with natural beauty and some that have been carefully cultivated for centuries. A popular tourist attraction of Suzhou remains to be the classical gardens. With a recorded history that dates back over 2,500 years, this city was once abundant in Chinese gardens, but today, only a handful remain.
For centuries the Chinese have gained much inspiration and self knowledge from nature. The gardens can be dated back to the 6th century BC. Much development took place during the Ming Dynasty, and by the Qing Dynasty Chinese gardens were a popular concept for its philosophical, complex and spontaneous nature.
Suzhou currently has ten classical gardens of which 4 have reached UNESCO World Heritage Site status since 1997 namely, Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, Garden of the Master of Nets and Villa with Embracing Beauty. Gaining this title for its aesthetic arrangement of furniture, style and structure, the classical gardens are a must visit on your next travel to Suzhou.
A typical Chinese garden can be divided in to the residential and garden area. The garden area is made of rockeries, bridges, pavilions, shrubs, flowering plants and ponds. The idea is to replicate life and the ideology and the belief of the occupants in a miniature scale. The rooms and halls will reflect the belief of the owner, be it Buddhism, Taoist or Confucianism. Often poetry and inspirational pictures can be found inscribed in the garden or the residence. Tranquillity is what will envelope the visitor as they venture into any of these gardens, the views often change from different rooms and the building is designed like a labyrinth.
Visit the picturesque gardens of the city, and gain a deeper understanding about the life and beliefs of this ancient civilization. Citadines Xinghai Suzhou combines modern conveniences and spacious comfort to be among the best choices for accommodation in Suzhou.