Humble Administrator Garden is the largest ancient garden in Suzhou and one of the top 4 ancient gardens in China. It is ranked number 1 in the Suzhou Sights & Landmarks section of TripAdvisor.
The garden is divided into eastern, middle and western sections. You will enter at the eastern section, which is larger than the other two. The eastern-section buildings and artificial hills are also taller than those in the other two sections. Lanxue Hall and Furong Pavilion are the sightseeing highlights. The luxury lifestyle of the garden’s former owner is reflected by these two buildings.
After walking through a long corridor, you will find yourself in the middle garden, the most exquisite and culturally significant part of Humble Administrator Garden. One third of the middle section is covered by pools, so the whole section resembles a small water town. Yuanxiang Hall is the main building in both the middle section and the whole garden, because the top floor of the hall provides the most beautiful view of the garden.
The western section is renowned for its buildings, among which Yuanyang Hall is the best-known. It’s the place where former owners listened to local opera. Through the blue glass windows of the hall, the outside world looks as if it’s covered by snow. The reflection of trees in the pool in front of the hall makes the scene more idyllic.
The view of the Humble Administrator Garden (above) and a long corridor in the garden (below)