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Suzhou Lion Grove Garden
Introducing Suzhou Lion Grove Garden, Suzhou Lion Grove Garden Guide, Suzhou Lion Grove Garden Travel Guide
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Suzhou Lion Grove Garden is located at 23 Yuanlin Road, in the northeast of Suzhou. Suzhou Lion Grove Garden is one of the four most famous and representative classic gardens in Suzhou (the other three being the Surging Wave Pavilion, Lingering Garden and Humble Administrator's Garden).
Built in 1342 during the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368) by Monk Tianru and a group of Buddhists of the Zen Sect, in the memory of High Monk Zhongfeng, Suzhou Lion Grove Garden has been changed hands and renamed several times. It was first given the name of Lion Grove, as the grotesque rocks of its man-made hill resembled lions. Later, in 1342, its name was changed to Puti Temple. Suzhou Lion Grove Garden was a popular center for Buddhist, as well as literary activities. Many scholars created their paintings or lines after being inspired by the garden.
After Monk Tianru's death, his disciples were dismissed. Suzhou Lion Grove Garden was abandoned and became dilapidated. In 1589 of the Ming Dynasty, Monk Mingxing rebuilt the garden and temple with donations he had collected. During the reign of Emperor Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the two parts were separated. Huang Xingzu, the governor of Hengzhou, bought the garden and renamed it She Garden. His son, Huang Xi gave it a new name -- Five-Pine Garden in 1771, after a major renovation was carried out. The garden was again left in ruins due to the Huang family’s bankruptcy, until it was purchased by the Bei family in 1917. After the founding of the People’s Republic, the garden was donated to the government. From then on, Suzhou Lion Grove Garden has been under good protection.
Covering an area of about 1.1 hectares, Suzhou Lion Grove Garden is an ideal site for sightseeing as it has richly ornamental pavilions and towers in different styles, each having its own history and story. Zhenquting (True Delight Pavilion) is the most magnificent in Suzhou Lion Grove Garden. Built in royal architectural style, it has a horizontal board inscribed by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, who visited the gardens six times. Lixuetang (Standing-in-Snow Hall) was named according to a Buddhist story which tells how a devoted Zen adherent stood in snow for a whole night to worship his master monk. Wenmeige (Pavilion for Greeting the Plum Blossoms) was a place where painters and poets gathered. In addition to the plum trees around the pavilion, all the furniture and utensils inside are all decorated or carved with designs of beautiful plum blossoms. Furthermore, many rare tablets and steles, paintings and calligraphy works are kept in Lion Grove Garden. Among them are precious Ming-dynasty artworks such as "Panoramic View by Ni Yunlin and the "Twelve Scenic Spots in Lion Grove Garden" by Xu Ben.
A representative garden of the Yuan Dynasty, the most noted attraction of the Suzhou Lion Grove Garden is the labyrinthine rockery made of limestone from the Taihu Lake. Rocks in this "Kingdom of Rockery" are piled up skillfully and ingeniously, and most of them look like lions in different postures and verves: playing, roaring, fighting, sleeping, or even dancing. It is said that in the past, looking north from Xiaofangting (Small Square Hall), one could see nine stone lions standing in a row and that is the Nine-Lion Peak. Due to the changes and ravages of the time and the erosion of elements, the peak now only bears little resemblance to lions.
Quick Facts on Suzhou Lion Grove Garden
• Name: Suzhou Lion Grove Garden
• Location: Downtown Suzhou
• Phone: +86-512-67773263
• Date: Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368)
• Best Time to Visit: March to May
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 1-2 Hours
• Opening Hours: 7:30-17:30 (March 1 to October 15); 7:30-17:00 (October 16 to the next Feb 30)
• Admission Fee: CNY 40 (Apr 1 to May 31, July 1 to Oct 31); CNY 30 (Jan 1 to Mar 31, June 1 to 30, Nov 1 to Dec 31)
Last Updated on Friday, 29 January 2016 11:26