Travel Report: Humble Administrator’s Garden Part II – Suzhou, China.
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December 2018. I really enjoyed my Christmas Day wanderings around Humble Administrator’s Garden. In all honesty this second parter is a bit self indulgent. I was merely so charmed by the place that I thought, why not push out another article from Suzhou’s most impressive ancient garden!
December 2018. There are all kinds of beautiful wooden buildings peppered around Humble Administrator’s Garden. However, a special mention goes to this wonderfully wonky structure, The Hall of the Thirty Six Mandarin Ducks. Moreover, there were even some actual ducks bobbing about in the pond at the back of the building! Inside you’ll find antique wooden furniture, classical paintings and stained glass windows.
December 2018. The Humble Administrator’s Garden also features a very cool bonsai section with some stupendous trees. If you’re into bonsai, you’ll certainly love this corner of the compound.
December 2018. Located in a western corner of the complex, there are about 700 bonsais on display here. Furthermore, some of them have protected status as rare and endangered breeds.
December 2018. In case you missed my Christmas Day message on social media, here’s my “Merry Christmas” video from Suzhou. It was delivered under the intense stare of about twelve Chinese tourists, who stood watching me open mouthed from a nearby tree. “Foreigner!” Yes, correct.
December 2018. Humble Administrator’s Garden is located at 178 Dongbei Street, next to Suzhou Museum. Open daily from 07:30-17:00, entrance tickets are 90RMB (£10.30/€11.45/$13) and they accept cash only. Allow an hour for exploring at the very least. Maybe even two if you find yourself as charmed by it as I was.
For a deeper look into the garden’s history, check out its Wikpedia page.
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