Lingering in the World of Utopia
2013-06-06 Donna Sights Suzhou 1574
As one of the most aspiring gardens in China, Lingering Garden is one of the most popular places to visit in China due to its indescribable beauty. The garden was constructed during the Ming Dynasty remains a wonderfully preserved site that still displays the traditional Chinese culture relics. The garden is famous for its clever use of space, architecture and arrangements utilizing a wide range of landscape techniques.
The garden was originally named the “Eastern Garden” and was first constructed in the Ming dynasty under the orders of a court official Xu Taishi. Over the years the garden went through changes in owners and in turn had many renovations and expansions. Today the garden occupies 2.3 hectares and is separated into several areas such as: eastern, central, northern and western. Each area has its own particular scenic
The eastern section of the garden has some of the most opulent buildings and sophisticated garden designs. The west has the best area for hilly landscapes and rustic scenery, the north has views of pavilions and cottages that emphasize the Chinese architecture. The detail that has been put into the construction of the garden can be seen with the smallest most intricate details such as the rock formations that are complimented with the plant and floral arrangements. Moreover, the traditional Chinese architecture can be seen from the details in the long winding corridors and the antique furniture.