Couple's Retreat Garden

Couple's Retreat Garden is a famous classical Chinese garden, located in Suzhou city. It was recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in November of 2000.

Suzhou Couple's Retreat Garden China

The original garden was built by Lu Jin, prefect of Baoning district, in 1874. Later, it was purchased by Shen Bingcheng, the magistrate of Susong. Who rebuilt it in its current form and changed the name to the Couple's Garden Retreat. This name refers to the garden's two parts and alludes to a couple.

The Interior of Suzhou Couple's Retreat Garden

The 0.33 ha garden is divided into an east and west section by the residential core in the middle; an unusual composition for a classical garden. The eccentric design is continued in the form and details of many of the garden buildings, especially the Tower. The garden is located in the intersection of canals and is surrounded by water on three sides. It is accessible directly from the canal by boat. The West garden is composed of several structures grouped around a small grotto and a Library annex. It is structurally joined to the central residence. East Garden is the main garden of the complex. It consists of a grotto and pond ringed by a covered walkway that connects the structures. A smaller fruit orchard annex is attached.

A Show in Suzhou Couple's Retreat Garden


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