Visit the famous Humble Administrator's Garden and enjoy Suzhou cuisine 195

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When it comes to classical gardens, the Humble Administrator's Garden is the big brother of the gardens, and this journeyman status is unshakable not only in Suzhou but even in Chinese gardens. Classical gardens in China can be roughly divided into three major styles: northern gardens, Jiangnan gardens, and Lingnan gardens. Royal gardens are the representatives of northern gardens, Suzhou gardens are the representatives of Jiangnan gardens, the four famous gardens in Lingnan are the representatives of Lingnan gardens, and of course, in addition to these three main styles, there are also Basho gardens, Western gardens, etc. But no matter how many gardens there are, when it comes to classical gardens, the first thing that comes to mind is the Suzhou Garden, and when it comes to the Suzhou Garden the first thing that comes to mind is the Humble Administrator's Garden.
The Humble Administrator's Garden was built in the early years of Ming Zhengde (early 16th century), more than 500 years ago, and is a representative work of the classical gardens in Jiangnan. Together with the Summer Palace in Beijing, the Summer Palace in Chengde and the Liuyuan Garden in Suzhou, it is known as one of the four most famous gardens in China, a World Cultural Heritage Site, a Class 5A tourist attraction in China, a National Key Cultural Relics Protection Unit and a National Key Park. To this day, the Humble Administrator's Garden is still one of the largest surviving classical gardens in Suzhou, with strong characteristics of the Han Chinese water village in the south of the country. For tourists coming to Suzhou, Suzhou gardens are often the first line of tourists' tours, and the Humble Administrator's Garden is often the first choice place for Suzhou garden tours. Starting from January 2014, the admission fee for the Humble Administrator's Garden is 90 RMB in the high season (April 16-October 30) and 70 RMB in the low season (October 31-April 15).
With its lingering landscape, exquisite halls and pavilions, lush flowers and trees, and changing scenery at every step, the Humble Administrator's Garden is a masterpiece of Suzhou gardens and a representative work of classical Chinese gardens.
The Humble Administrator's Garden is located in the northeast corner of the old city of Suzhou, with the Humble Administrator's Garden as the center, within a 500-meter radius there are many tourist attractions such as the Suzhou Museum, the Suzhou Garden Museum, the Suzhou Folklore Museum, and the Lion Forest.
The best time to visit the Humble Administrator's Garden is in summer when the lotus flowers are in full bloom, but the garden has a different beauty in the warm sun of autumn and winter.
As in many Suzhou gardens, the stone is the first thing you see when you enter the garden, perhaps as a metaphor for opening the door to the mountain, or perhaps as a subtle way of blocking the view of the garden, but this Taihu Lake stone in Humble Administrator's Garden is not simple, as it resembles the character Shou, a famous stone hill in classical gardens.
The ancient aesthetic standards for Taihu stones were "wrinkled, leaky, thin and transparent", and the rocks in Suzhou gardens basically meet this standard.
The water surface of the Humble Administrator's Garden accounts for about one-third of the garden's area.
The East Garden is open and spacious, the Middle Garden is the essence of the garden, and the West Garden is beautifully built and has its own characteristics.
The materials used in the Humble Administrator's Garden are exquisite, as evidenced by the tightly paved green bricks on the ground.
In ancient times, towers were built in temples, and private gardens were not allowed to build towers. When the garden was built, the owner of the garden slightly regretted that the buildings in the garden, which almost included the great achievements of Chinese architecture at that time, only lacked a tower, so the designer pondered over it and borrowed the tower of the Newspaper Grace Temple 3 miles outside the garden, which fulfilled the owner's great regret.
So in the central axis of the Humble Administrator's Garden, which is only 500 years old, there is an ancient pagoda that is more than 1,700 years old and was built during the Three Kingdoms period, which is ingenious in that it looks like it is inside the garden but is actually outside the garden. Nowadays, in order to protect this landscape, the Suzhou government also has a regulation that all buildings between the Temple of the Annunciation Pagoda and the Humble Administrator's Garden must not be super high to affect this wonderful view.
In fact, despite its name, the Humble Administrator's Garden is not "humble" at all, but rather has a variety of ingenious seconds everywhere.
For example, from this angle, the fan-shaped pavilion and the stone pagoda in the water are reflected in the water, which is nothing special.
If you change the angle, the effect will be different immediately, the fan pavilion and the back of the kasa pavilion overlap, becoming an official hat, the official hat pavilion from this.
"All the pavilions and pavilions are built with water as the face of the pavilion", using a large area of water to create a cheerful atmosphere in the garden space.
The pavilions with glass on all sides can enjoy flowers in spring, rain in summer, yellow leaves in autumn and snow in winter.
This piece of lingbi stone also resembles a dragon head, the character of longevity, official hat, dragon head ...... various metaphors in line with the Chinese people's subtle euphemism, so it is estimated that foreigners who like to be straightforward do not understand the meaning.
Like this bridge, it is only in the bend and curve that it meets the oriental aesthetic concept of being subtle, hidden, plausible and not, in short, it is not straightforward.
Perhaps this is also the biggest difference between Eastern and Western gardens, Western gardens even in the middle of nowhere, but also to repair the straight road, cut square trees, reflecting the artificial traces, Eastern gardens, although in the city, but also must be borrowed from nature, there are mountains and water, as far as possible to let people see no artificial traces.
The cultural differences between the East and the West are clearly reflected in the garden culture, so Westerners are concerned about standardization, and the joke of frying a fish with scales and test tubes is not a fiction, but the East is more concerned about "only can be understood but not spoken", so go figure out for yourself.
This difference in character and habits is difficult to say which is better or worse, but in science and technology, the pursuit of standardization is certainly more dominant, while in the humanities and the arts, hazy, plausible but not afraid of more artistic sense.
It seems a bit off-topic to talk about the character of the East and the West, but back to the Humble Administrator's Garden, the 36 Yuanyang Pavilion is the main building of the West Garden, named after the thirty-six pairs of mandarin ducks that were kept in the pond.
The most worthy of seeing is the three-dimensional carving of pine, bamboo, plum and magpie in the Ginkgo wood of the Qing Dynasty. The skilful and cleverly conceived design, which softly combines the "Three Friends of the Year" and "Magpie on Plum", is one of the rare fine carvings in the garden.
The tree without skin cannot live, and the man without a face is invincible. This heartless tree with skin in the garden has lived for hundreds of years, and the Humble Administrator's Garden is one of the largest gardens in Suzhou, and it takes about 1 and a half hours to listen to the guide's explanation, and half an hour to look around.
Not far from the Humble Administrator's Garden is the Suzhou Folk Museum, the Suzhou Garden Museum and the Suzhou Museum, all of which are free and worth visiting, as well as the Lion Grove, one of the four famous gardens in Suzhou, and of course the exquisite Suzhou snacks.
The area around Jiangsu and Zhejiang is traditionally the richest and most prosperous place in China, and also the most cultural place in China, with culture in every aspect, so even street food seems to be full of culture and art.
Chinese cuisine has very significant regional characteristics, Inner Mongolia's mutton and milk tea are eaten rough, Xinjiang's large plate of chicken and roast meat are so large portions, Jiangnan's dim sum eaten is delicate.
Each piece is exquisite, each piece is gorgeous, each piece is handmade artwork, 3, 5 yuan apiece, but really a little can not eat.
Although the raw material is just a ball of flour, after a simple kneading, placed in the cage drawer, it is really a favourite.
Jiangnan is a prosperous place since ancient times, so it's a pleasure to visit famous gardens and enjoy snacks.
"There are about sixty classical gardens in Suzhou, and nineteen of them are open to the public. The Humble Administrator's Garden, Lion Grove, Canglang Pavilion and Liuyuan Garden are known as the four major gardens in Suzhou. In December 1997, the Humble Administrator's Garden, Liuyuan Garden, Netshi Garden and Huanxiu Villa were added to the World Heritage List as "Classical Gardens of Suzhou", and in November 2000, the Art Garden, Lotus Root Garden, Canglang Pavilion, Lion Grove and Retreat Garden were added to the World Heritage List. The most famous is the Humble Administrator's Garden, the oldest is the Canglang Pavilion, and the most famous is the Lion's Grove. Although Suzhou gardens have their own styles and characteristics, they are generally similar, so ordinary tourists can choose one or two of them to visit.

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