Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Suzhou/Wuxi Trip 2016 - Day 2 - Suzhou Humble Administrator's Garden in Jiangsu Province
After our return from Shantang Jie, it was around 2.40 pm, we decided to try our luck in taking the free shuttle service from the hotel to Humble Administrator's Garden provided by Hotel Soul. The next available timing was 3 pm, yes, they could provide us the service and there's only 2 of us taking the hotel's car. About 10 mins ride away only, however, we need to make our own way back to hotel, they only provided one way.Our return trip, we took the taxi from the garden back to our hotel at only 15 yuan. We two senior citizens were super tired from the sightseeing for the day. Admission fee to the garden was 70 yuan for adult and free for children if accompanied by adult. For senior citizen above 60 there's 50% discount, so my hubby got a 50% discount (35 yuan) by showing them a photocopy of his passport details. Outside the garden, there's rows of shops selling sovenirs. The museum is also next door but we did not visit the museum. This is the non peak season, otherwise there's would be long queue to enter the garden. The Humble Administrator's Garden was originally built in 1509 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was initially a private garden of a former government servant named Wang Xianchen. It was said that Wang was frustrated in his official career, so he intended to build a garden after retire and just do some gardening work like planting trees and cultivating vegetables there. He thought that was a simple life led by a humble man like him, hence the name of the garden. The garden was created upon the old relics of a residence and a Taoist temple. Water feature is the main background and its natural landscape includes small forests, hills and rock formations. It also has man-made pavilions, halls and parlors. Unlike the Grand View Garden and other famous gardens in Beijing, it is a representative work of the Ming Dynasty building style. Read more from source. Picture of a frog formed by pebbles on the pathway. There's many gardens in Suzhou, but I dont think is really necessary to visit them all, one garden is enough cause can be quite boring and tiring to walk round each huge garden.