Garden of the Master of Nets
The Garden of the Master of Nets is the smallest garden in Suzhou covering a space of only 5000 sq meters. The small space is its greatest charm as it encompasses all the elements of a classic Chinese garden within close boundaries. From a tranquil pond, outdoor pavilion, tastefully decorated rooms, a stone mountain, Suzhou's smallest stone bridge and serene courtyards, the use of space is superb.
This intimate garden was first built in 1140, but was abandoned and was not restored to its current style until 1770 when it was transformed into the residence of a former official. The garden is still meticulously cared for with gleaming latticed wood, white washed walkways with ornamental windows and carefully pruned trees. During the evenings, visitors can also watch Chinese folk music performances in this charming garden.