Saturday, 23 November 2013

The gardens and mansions of Suzhou

Suzhou is known for its fabulous gardens. In the city you find more than 200 mansions and museums which show us traditional Chinese gardens of this region. Some of the gardens require tens of people on a full time basis to maintain them. Something that would be impossible in Europe with the more expensive labour cost.

Most gardens contain ponds and bridge; visitors can walk around freely, sit on a bench, and listen to the birds or the streaming water from an artificial waterfall. In the mansions we are blown away from the wooden furniture, real master pieces. In some of the rooms, elegant women play a Chinese instrument. Unfortunately we had a lot of rain in Suzhou.

Suzhou is beroemd vanwege zijn ongelooflijke tuinen. In de stad vind je meer dan 200 herenhuizen en musea die de traditionele Chinese tuinen uit de regio aan het publiek tonen. Voor zo’n tuin te onderhouden heb je tientallen vakmensen nodig. In Europa zou dit met de hoge loonkosten gewoon onmogelijk zijn. 

De meeste tuinen hebben een vijver met bruggetjes, bezoekers kunnen vrij rond wandelen of op een bankje uitrusten terwijl ze naar de vogeltjes of een kabbelend beekje luisteren. De houten antieke meubelen in villa’s zijn verbluffend, echte kunstwerken. In verschillende kamers stonden elegante dames een Chinees instrument te bespelen. Spijtig dat het voortdurend regende in Suzhou.
 
Suzhou Gardens

Suzhou Chinese Instrument

Suzhou Gardens

Suzhou Wooden furniture

Suzhou Gardens

Suzhou traditional instrument

Suzhou gardens

Suzhou gardens

Suzhou gardens flower

Suzhou gardens

Suzhou gardens

Suzhou gardens

Suzhou Mansion

Suzhou Mansion

Suzhou Furniture

Previous Suzhou article: Walking in the rain through the old city of Suzhou

Previous Garden article: Enjoying the imperial gardens and the Summer Palace, Beijing

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14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous gardens and I love the photos of the women playing their instruments in the gardens. Fort worth has a lovely gardens like this but they need these special touches.

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  2. I think today my favorite are those instruments. But also the tall thin rocks!

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  3. wat ziet het er mooi uit daar!!!!
    groetjes, Hilde

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  4. Oh my goodness what a fun trip this was! beautiful places, especially inside!

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  5. Lovely garden. I'm very happy you'll sharing these photos with us.
    Happy Sunday.
    Greetings

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  6. Having read your recent posts, I think Suzhou sounds like the sort of place I would enjoy visiting. The gardens in China are all so well cared for and such havens of tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle.

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  7. Looks lovely. I like the bonsai, my eldest son has one he did.

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  8. Oh, to be serenaded in a gorgeous garden like this one would be beautiful.

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  9. Prachtige beelden van de tuin. De paleisjes in de tuinen of prieeltjes zijn ook altijd mooi gemeubeld.

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  10. prachtige serie Filip en de dames met de muziekinstrumenten zijn heel mooi. Groetjes Dietmut

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