City Calendar
What's ON in Suzhou
Location >>Tourist Spots >> Humble Administrator's Garden | 拙政园
    Tourist Spots >> Humble Administrator's Garden | 拙政园
    [ Suzhou -- Jiangsu ]
    update: 2/26/2017
    Humble Administrator's Garden, Suzhou classical gardens, Suzhou UNESCO World Heritage | 拙政园
    The Humble Administrator's Garden is one of the most famous Chinese gardens in Suzhou. At 51,950 m2, it is the largest garden in Suzhou and is generally considered to be the finest garden in all of southern China. In 1997, the Humble Administrator's Garden, along with other classical gardens of Suzhou was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 拙政园,是中国江南一座著名的园林,位于苏州市东北街178号,始建于明朝正德年间,初为御史王献臣改佛寺以建。它是苏州园林的代表,1997年被联合国教科文组织(UNESCO)列为世界文化遗产。
    Previous record: Bird and Flower Market|皮市街花鸟市场
    Next record: Five Peaks Garden|五峰园
    Details:
    The Humble Administrator's Garden is one of the most famous of all of the classical gardens in Suzhou. At 51,950 m2, it is the largest garden in Suzhou and is generally considered to be the finest garden in all of southern China. In 1997, the Humble Administrator's Garden, along with other classical gardens of Suzhou, was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
     
    The garden contains numerous pavilions and bridges set among a maze of connected pools and islands. It consists of three major parts set about a large lake: the central part (Zhuozheng Yuan), the eastern part (once called Guitian Yuanju, Dwelling Upon Return to the Countryside), and a western part (the Supplementary Garden). The house lies in the south of the garden. In total, the garden contains 48 different buildings with 101 tablets, 40 stelae, 21 precious old trees, and over 700 Suzhou-style penjing/penzai.
     
    Eastern Garden: Composed of a few buildings around a central great lawn and pond combination. The lawn is ringed by a grove of crape myrtle trees which is an allusion to the Tang Dynasty State Secretariat which was nicknamed the Crape Myrtle Department.
     
    Central Garden: This section is composed of many scenes arranged around the "Surging Wave" Pond. Within the pond three islands recreate the scenery of the fairy islands of the east sea.
     
    Western Garden: This part is only half the size of the central part, and is also mainly dominated by water. The pond runs from north to south with an islet in the center. Although small, it is planned with meticulous care and precision. The buildings, though numerous, do not clutter, small mountains and ponds do not give a cramped impression.
     
    Every year from the end of March, Azalea Festival at Humble Administrator’s Garden; June to October Lotus Festival; September and October Chrysanthemum Festival.
     
    Admission and opening hours: 
    Opening hours: March 1st to November 15th 07:30-17:30; November 16th to February 29th 07:30-17:00
    Off season: (January, February, March, June, November, December) 70 RMB
    Peak season: (April, May, July, August, September, October) 90 RMB
     
    Address:
    Humble Administrator's Garden, 178 Dongbei Jie, Suzhou
    Tel: 0512 962015 (CN)
     
     
    拙政园,是中国江南一座著名的园林,位于苏州市东北街178号,始建于明朝正德年间,初为御史王献臣改佛寺以建。它是苏州园林的代表,1997年被联合国教科文组织(UNESCO)列为世界文化遗产。
     
    今“拙政园管理处”辖地面积约83.5亩(5.6公顷,含苏州园林博物馆及新馆,不包括原为拙政园住宅的苏州博物馆及新馆),扣除花圃9.8亩及售票办公处约1亩,开放面积约73亩。73亩开放面积中,仅38亩为晚清建筑园林遗产(今园林中部、西部及晚清张之万住宅即今苏州园林博物馆旧馆),而历史上作为拙政园不可分割一部分的园南两处建筑群,自1950年代开始便与园林割裂分治,其一为晚清八旗奉直会馆住宅部分(面积约12亩),今以“忠王府”名义幸存,1960年起属苏州博物馆,其二为晚清张履谦补园住宅部分(面积约9-10亩),在遭到长期蚕食破坏后于2003年11月被苏州市当局铲平,辟为由贝聿铭主持设计的苏州博物馆新馆。
     
    东部
    系1959-1960年新建公园。今用为拙政园主要入口。重要的景点有秫香馆、松林草坪、芙蓉榭、天泉亭等。东部的范围大致相当于明朝王心一“归田园居”,然景物全非,其风格与作为晚清遗产的拙政园绝不相属。
     
    中部
    中部系晚清八旗奉直会馆(建于1872年,1887年曾经大举修葺)之遗存。主体建筑为远香堂,为拙政园之主建筑。远香堂是一座四面厅,建于明代王氏拙政园若墅堂的旧址上。它面水而筑,面阔三间,结构精巧,周围都是落地玻璃窗,可以从里面看到周围景色,堂的正中间匾额,题“远香堂”三字,系今人张辛稼补书,原额为清沈德潜所书,文革中毁。堂的南面有小池和假山、竹林。堂的北面是宽阔的月台,月台临池。池中有东西二岛。西为雪香云蔚亭所踞,亭子正对远香堂的两根柱子上配有署名“征明”的对联:“蝉噪林愈静,鸟鸣山更幽”;亭中央“山花野鸟之间”的题额,署名“元璐”(明倪元璐)——此额对均系五十年代购自古旧商店。东则为待霜亭,原名“北山亭”,1981年以文氏园记三十一景中有待霜亭名目,乃以北山亭改待霜亭,题额径用影印的文氏图咏墨迹。两岛间以桥相连接。
     
    西部
    西部系晚清张履谦补园(建于1877年)之遗存。重要的景点有“三十六鸳鸯馆”“留听阁”“浮翠阁”“与谁同坐轩”“拜文揖沈之斋”及“塔影亭”“波形廊”等。
     
    每年3月底至5月,拙政园会举办杜鹃花节;6月至10月荷花节;9月、10月反季菊花节。
     
    开放时间:3月1日-11月15日07:30-17:30;11月16日-2月29日07:30-17:00
    门票:
    淡季(1月、2月、3月、6月、11月、12月)70元
    旺季(4月、5月、7月、8月、9月、10月)90元
     
    地址:苏州市东北街178号拙政园
    电话:0512 962015
     
    Copy this link and paste into your RSS reader to subscribe to the What's ON in Suzhou daily events RSS feed.
    This site is best viewed in Firefox, Chrome, Safari and all versions of internet explorer above ie6 (ie6 is not supported).