Garden of Pleasance - lesser known gardens in Suzhou
Last Update: 14th January 2020
With an area of 6,270 square meters, Garden of Pleasance was originally built between 1874 and 1882. It was designed by artists. Any artificial hills were built on the manuscript. If you don’t want to be surrounded by the crowd, the garden is a good choice for garden exploration for your Suzhou visit.
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What to expect at the Garden of Pleasance
From the very beginning, Garden of Pleasance was a preferred spot for artists who were good at Qin, a seven-stringed plucked instrument in some ways similar to the zither. Since 1919 when the first Qin show was organized at the garden by the then owner, the show was regularly held in the following year until 1935.
Poxian Qin Hall was the original site where artists played Qin. At the courtyard in front of the hall stands a rock which looks like an old man who is bowing his head and listening to the music created by Qin.
The main building in the east garden, Baishi Pavilion is guarded by Chimonobambusa qundrangularis, llex, pines and cypress in the south. For now, you can appreciate storytelling and ballad singing in Suzhou dialect and the classical music shows.
Garden of Pleasance also has a marble boat fitted with marble furniture. Songlai Pavilion is painted pleasure boat shaped. The bow flows on the water. Green Tung Building and Fernleaf Hedge Bamboo Hall is named after the location. It is hidden in the tung trees with fernleaf hedge bamboo below. Small Canglang Pavilion overlooks the panoramic views of the entire garden.
Chuyue Pavilion is the main hall of the garden. You can admire lotus at the viewpoint in summer. Furniture in the hall is exquisitely made of roots of Chinese littleleaf box and Nanmu. Window lattice is also impressive. Corridors at the garden are carved with 101 pieces of precious steles.
Best time to visit the Garden of Pleasance
The best time to visit the Garden of Cultivation is throughout the year as Suzhou is a world famous UNESCO heritage listed site.
How to get to the Garden of Pleasance
- A few buses pass by the garden. Thus, there are a few options.
- Rent a vehicle to the garden. This is the quickest and most direct option.
- Take Bus Y4, 1, 8, 38 or Bus 933 to the Stop of North Leqiao (乐桥北站). Then walk to the garden.
- Take Metro Line 1 to the Stop of Leqiao (乐桥站) and walk to Exit 8 to the garden
Additional Garden of Pleasance Travel Advice
- Opening hours: 07:30 - 16:30
- As at 14th January 2020, the entrance pricing to the garden is is 15 CNY per person; children between 1.2m tall (1.2m tall included) and 1.4m tall (1.4m tall not included) are charged 7.5 CNY per person; the elder between 60 years old (60 years old included) and 70 years old (70 years old not included) are charged 7.5 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Please purchase the ticket at the ticket office.