Humble Administrator’s Garden – Suzhou #2

The main house and entry to the garden surrounded by a courtyard overlooking the largest part of the pond.

The main house and entry to the garden surrounded by a courtyard overlooking the largest part of the pond.

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).

Black and White version of the same photo.

Black and White version of the same photo.

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.

A lady singing traditional songs and playing a stringed instrument.

A lady singing traditional songs and playing a stringed instrument.

Another part of the pond, with koi and water lilies.

Another part of the pond, with koi and water lilies.

Multi-generational families enjoying the garden.

Multi-generational families enjoying the garden.

Beautiful views wherever you looked.

Beautiful views wherever you looked.

Anyone know what this flowering bulb is?  Please leave a comment if you do!

Anyone know what this flowering bulb is? Please leave a comment if you do!

Next post: Details from the garden.

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2 comments on “Humble Administrator’s Garden – Suzhou #2

  1. Sandy Jess says:

    The stringed instrument is called a Pipa….. That is also one of the 108 moves in Taoist Tai Chi…”strum the pipa”….. I do Tai Chi. Sandy

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