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Address: Wenya Lane, Jinchang District, Suzhou 215008, China
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A hidden gem

Difficult to get to. Requires walking through shady alleys after taxi drop that are not sign posted at all. Once you get there, you find a tranquil oasis. Highly recommended if... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 October 2016
Leif-Olof W
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Göteborg, Sweden
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Göteborg, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Difficult to get to. Requires walking through shady alleys after taxi drop that are not sign posted at all. Once you get there, you find a tranquil oasis. Highly recommended if you don't mind a bit of walking and asking for directions.

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Gandhinagar, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

Smaller than the more famous Humble Administrator's and other Gardens in Suzhou, the Yipu Garden (or Garden of cultivation) is hidden behind a warren of houses not too far from the tourist street of Shantang Jie. While the garden is faded and has clearly seen better days, it retains a special charm you might find missing from some of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015 via mobile

This year, the Suzhou government announced 33 of its Suzhou Garden to be protected; among which, 19 of them are open to public now. So far, I've visited 8 of them and think this one is the best. It has every elements of the Suzhou Garden. In addition, only a few visitors in this site, I had a very comfortable... More 

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

Probably one of the oldest Suzhou gardens, it still kept some Ming Dynasty flavors in the carvings of window panels, simple & harmonious. Only the maintenance is in poor condition, you can see how Chinese treats their treasures left from ancestors without any respects. Which is rather sad!

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Asia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015

It's really not that difficult to find. It's marked on Google Maps (VPN required), Baidu Maps, and (much better) Gaode Maps. If you enter Tiankuqiain (天库前) from Wuqufang (吴趋坊), just north-east of the garden, there are painted direction signs on the wall, just look for these characters: 艺圃. It's a two-minute walk. After the third arrow, keep an eye open... More 

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Portland OR,
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2015

This is as charming as any of the Unesco gardens, but made more so by the lack of crowds, and mostly locals visiting. Lovely pathways, pavillions and plantings in the traditional style of Suzhou. At first we thought there was a school nearby, with all the chattering overheard, but it was just the sounds of the locals enjoying the teahouse... More 

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California, USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2014

Since I speak Chinese, I asked two taxi drivers to take me. Neither had heard of it or even recognized its location on a map. The third driver took me as close as he could. I then wandered through interesting alleyways (asking periodically for directions) until I arrived. I think the entry fee was rmb ten, which is about right... More 

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Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2014

Yipu Garden, better known (in Chinese) as The Garden of Cultivation, is located in the Jinchang District of Suzhou. Being in a densely populated residential area, it is very difficult to find the place.. The locals speak no English and it is a good idea to have the name written in Chinese, and even that may not help among the... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

Dear Foreign (and I'm one) Reader, I wish you could read some of the adoring reviews here in Chinese. Little visited by tourists and even hard for Chinese to find, this is a world-class gem of a garden, with a unique central focus that looks always different but magnificent from whichever angle you look around its periphery. So I got... More 

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