Last Update: 14th October 2020
Originally built in the early Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912), the Couple’s Retreat Garden is named after the true story that the owner and his third wife lived and loved each other in the garden for 8 years after he met his third wife in the regions south of the Yangtze River when he dealt with the lows of life.
- Chinese Name: Ouyuan (耦园)
- Residence Area: 8,000 square meters
- Things to do there: Photography, History and Culture, Architecture
- Who visits: Photographers, History and Culture Lovers, Architects
- Time required: 1 x hour
With an area of just 8,000 square meters, the Couple’s Retreat Garden is surrounded by waters in three directions. The inner city moat lies in the east, a small lane is situated in the north while the back entrance is fitted with a private dock.
Couple’s Retreat Garden is divided into the East Garden, residence area in the middle and the West Garden. Most of the highlights of the garden are located in the east one. The two yellow stone artificial hills in the East Garden stand out there. One narrow trail separates them. The East Garden is surrounded by buildings, including pavilions, study and corridors. Furniture in the buildings is well preserved. Patterns on doors and windows are also exquisite and impressive.
Wu’ai Pavilion is the spot where the owner’s third wife played Guzheng. At the same time, the owner appreciated the live music in Tingqin Pavilion. Between the two structures spans a small wooden bridge connecting the couple. Tenghua Boat is a land boat windows of which are carved with fine patterns.
In the West Garden, you’ll find several stunning pavilions along or in the waters. In addition, it is very quiet there just with active animals, including swans, and other species of aquatic birds. They don’t show fear to human beings. The garden offers ideal backgrounds for wedding pictures as well.
You can explore the garden any time during the opening hours as it is not well-known among tourists.
The best months to visit are from April to October.
Unfortunately, there is no direct buses passing by the garden. Therefore, the only option is to rent a vehicle.
- Opening hours: 08:00 – 17:00
- As at 14th October 2020, the entrance pricing to the garden is 20 CNY per person; children between 1.2m tall (1.2m tall included) and 1.4m tall (1.4m tall not included) are charged 10 CNY per person; the elder between 60 years old (60 years old included) and 70 years old (70 years old not included) are charged 10 CNY per person; the elder above 70 years old (70 years old included) and children under 1.2m tall (1.2m tall not included) are free of charge; For the latest pricing, please contact us via email (email@example.com)
- Please book the entrance ticket via Suzhou Tourism Official Account (苏州旅游总入口) on WeChat.
- Please present your passports to the staff at the entrance.