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Sunday, December 31, 2017

17 Dec 2017 - Shanghai Day 3: The Humble Administrator's Garden (拙政园)

Further down the pedestrian street, we arrived at Suzhou's largest classical garden, The Humble Administrator's Garden (拙政园).  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous of the gardens of Suzhou.
The garden contains numerous pavilions and bridges set among a maze of connected pools and islands. It consists of three major parts set about a large lake: the central part (Zhuozheng Yuan), the eastern part (once called Guitianyuanju, Dwelling Upon Return to the Countryside), and a western part (the Supplementary Garden).
As Javier started to feel the strain in his leg, he took a rest with mommy while Jerlene and myself proceeded to explore the garden.
The Humble Administrator's garden built in Ming Zhengde early (early 16th century), dating back more than 500 years of history, is the representative works of classical gardens south of the Yangtze River.
In total, the garden contains 48 different buildings with 101 tablets, 40 steles, 21 precious old trees, and over 700 Suzhou-style penjing/penzai (盆栽).
After exploring most parts of the garden, we went back to meet up with Javier and mommy.  We left the garden and right outside of the exit, we saw a fruit stall selling all kinds of colourful fruits.
As we still have time to visit one more attraction before sunset, we decided to visit another popular garden which is about 10mins walk away.

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