Retreat and Reflection Garden
The Retreat and Reflection Garden is located in Tongli, one of the ancient water villages on the outskirts of Suzhou. The garden is filled with elegant, but uncomplicated views. Located on Taihu Lake’s eastern shore, the Retreat and Reflection Garden incorporates lake views into its design.
This garden was built by Ren Lansheng in 1886 during the Qing dynasty, after Ren Lansheng was discharged from royal court. The garden is divided into two parts: the western part is residential area, including a tea hall, the main hall and the eastern scenery area, composing of the exterior and interior gardens. Divided between a place of residence and a garden, you can stroll along the garden paths, charming terraces and winding corridors. Placid ponds host lotuses and goldfish, completing the picture of a beautiful representation of a classical Qing-era Chinese garden.
The Retreat and Reflection Garden has combined all the great architectural ingredients of classical gardens from the Qing Dynasty creating a delicate and elegant environment. The towers and pavilions are laid out harmoniously, providing a fascinating view. It’s regarded as an eternal classic in Suzhou's collection of gardens.