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Lingering Garden

Marco Polo the world famous explorer once said that Suzhou was the most beautiful city in all of China. And today one may find that beauty still prevailing in the merchant town atmosphere and tree lined avenues. The major tourist attraction in the city remains the beautifully manicured Chinese gardens. Suzhou used to have easily a hundred classical gardens, but now this age old art has been replaced by modern necessities.

The Lingering Garden is such a masterpiece that is among the nine Suzhou Chinese gardens recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The beauty of these gardens lies in their ability to recreate natural landscapes in such a small land mass. Combining different elements of nature and architecture, this amazing attraction boasts a changing vista with every couple of steps.

Situated in the Changmen district of the Jiangsu province, guests of Citadines Xinghai Suzhou will enjoy convenient access to this attraction whilst enjoying comfortable Suzhou serviced apartments.

Dating back to over 400 years, the Lingering Garden has changed hands several times, and was said to have been created during the Ming Dynasty. One of the more notable owners was a famous calligrapher by the name of Liu Shu, whose best work can be seen along the 700 metre long corridor of the garden.

This popular attraction is divided into four themes, which can be found in the east, west, north and central areas. The central area, which is dominated by an artificial lake, has some of the oldest buildings in the garden. Another highlight of the Lingering Garden is the bonsai garden that boasts close to 500 trees.

The art, furniture and intricate carving that can be found everywhere is a sight to see.