Garden to Linger In
Built during the reign of Jiaqing (1522-1566) of
the Ming dynasty, the Garden to Linger In covers an area of over
3 hectares in western Suzhou. Among the attractions are the spacious
Nanmu Hall, the beautiful Mandarin Duck Hall and the "Peak Above
the Clouds", which is a huge rock.
The garden is intricately designed, providing
a changing scene at every turn and visitors enjoy the lakes, hills,
rock formations and greenery. A 700 meter (2,300ft) covered walkway
connects all the major sites. This walkway has windows that provide
interesting views of the garden and is inscribed with calligraphy
from famous masters.