As planed, Sarah and I went to Suzhou, Jiangsu province in National Day holiday. We took a 8:58 am bullet train, China Highspeed Railway (CHR) at Nanjing South Railway Station and arrived at Suzhou in 1 hour. The bullet train is the best option to travel between Nanjing and Suzhou for safe, fast and reliable schedule (no traffic jam).
I have never been to Suzhou before. In my mind, it was a small but lovely and delicate city.
At around 11am, we arrived at The Humble Administrator Garden.
The garden was initially constructed in 1513 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty when Wang Xianchen, a retired high ranking officer, bought it. It was then sold and rebuilt numerous times during the 400 years that followed. Located in the northeastern portion of Suzhou, the Humble Administrator’s Garden has a total area of over 50 thousand square feet, and is the largest private garden in this country. The name given by Wang, the Humble Administrator’s Garden, showed his fondness after retirement for the “enjoyment of life through gardening and farming.
The design divided the garden into three major portions: the eastern, middle and western portions. The middle portion is the most important section of the garden with marvelous hills and clear water ponds, dotted with beautiful houses, trees and flowers. The western portion was erected nearby the lake and is consisted of the Hall of the Thirty-Six Mandarin Ducks and the Hall of Eighteen Camellias, decorated with ancient furniture, interesting drawings and special calligraphies. The eastern portion has pavilions separated by verdant hills with pine trees, bamboos, islands encircled by winding streams and flowers.
The Humble Administrator’s Garden is a wonderful place to gain understanding of the Chinese culture. It is also a place for visitors to enjoy Chinese arts, architecture, calligraphy, carving, and painting.