The largest garden in Suzhou — nearly 52,000 square meters — is the Humble Administrator’s Garden. It was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) for a former government worker and poet, Wang Xianchen (王献臣).
Along with bridges, pavilions and islands, the architecture of the buildings retains Ming Dynasty characteristics. The garden gets its name after Wang’s desire to retire from politics and live a humble life. Note that in China administrators were usually political (and perhaps they still are.)
With water as the main theme, the lake in the center of the garden occupies about 20 percent of the space and is filled with giant lotus plants in summer.
Next post: Details from the garden.