Tuesday, October 22, 2013

World Heritage Sites in China (7) - Classical Gardens of Suzhou

Classical Chinese garden design, which seeks to recreate natural landscapes in miniature, is nowhere better illustrated than in the nine gardens in the historic city of Suzhou. They are generally acknowledged to be masterpieces of the genre. Dating from the 11th-19th century, the gardens reflect the profound metaphysical importance of natural beauty in Chinese culture in their meticulous design. (UNESCO)
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/813

813-001 The Humble Administrator's Garden 拙政园 


813-002 The Lingering Garden 留园


813-003 The Master-of-Nets Garden 网师园


813-004 The Mountain Villa with Embracing Beauty  环秀山庄


813-005 The Canglang Pavilion  沧浪亭


813-006 The Lion Forest Garden  狮子林


813-007 The Garden of Cultivation 艺圃


813-008 The Couple's Retreat  耦园


813-009 The Retreat & Reflection Garden  退思园


I visited Suzhou city in 2009 but only have been to the Lingering Garden due to time schedule. Yes, it is so beautiful that can not be depicted on simply few postcards. And I know there is a small post office inside the Humble Administrator's Garden from which a special postmark is available for cancellation as shown below.