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Reviewed 17 November 2015

This Garden in Suzhou is nice and properly maintained. It’s not one of the biggest but you can a have a feeling of the old Chinese way of life.
I’ve enjoyed this attraction and it allows to go the canals and the old city of Suzhou. The subway is near and due to the size and location it allows you see a “part of China”, a lot of other attractions are near and according the time you have you can use it well.

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank fneritexeira
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Reviewed 10 June 2015

Ouyuan Garden (The Couple's Retreat Garden) was added to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in 2000. It took a little more than an hour from Shanghai to Ouyuen.
This is a typical wealthy or government official house. The house has 2 gardens, south side and east. This garden went through many owners and history and it eventually became run down. In 1960 the government of Suzhou city renovated the garden step by step restoring it to its former glory. The rocks, trees, flowers, stream and bridge in the Chinese garden is totally different than the western style, which gives people a very refreshing feeling. At the back door of the garden, you also can hop on a Chinese gondola for a short ride on the canal with singing for entertainment. We spent 3 hours there with a guide. Out of all the attractions that we went to, this was the quietest place. We relaxed and took photos without anyone in the way.
Happy Travelling!

Date of experience: April 2015
4  Thank faithandhope2live
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Reviewed 16 May 2015

One of the smaller gardens and more out of the way, but has the extra advantage of a boat trip, and for a small tip, some traditional boating songs.

Date of experience: April 2015
2  Thank LaoM42
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Reviewed 3 October 2014

The entrance is only 25rmb, they open at 7:30hrs and close at 17:00hrs. A great place to take pictures and sit in the small pagodas just listening the birds.

Date of experience: October 2014
1  Thank Miguel E
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Reviewed 17 September 2014

Good that Ouyuan escape the radar screen of the usual tourists, especially the tour group. There were only less than 10 tourists inside when I was there as compare to other famous gardens which runs up to hundreds if not thousands.

This is a MUST for free and easy traveler to see the excellent layout of a Suzhou garden with all the carefully grown plants and flowers in a Suzhou mansion/garden. Every angle is a scene itself.

I would bring my friends there if I go Suzhou again.

it is also listed in the Unesco Heritage list.

Date of experience: August 2014
2  Thank AndrewXJKT
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