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Garden building is considered a chief component of Chinese culture which creatively shows the natural landscapes in miniature. The Chinese garden has a long history. There are both imperial gardens and private gardens. Here we list 10 most famous private gardens for you reference. If you like Chinese gardens, these are must-see attractions that you should never miss.
Zhuozheng Garden (Humble Administrator's Garden), Suzhou, Jiangsu Province
Zhuozheng Garden was first built in the fourth year of the reign of Emperor Zhengde of Ming Dynasty in 1509. It covers an area of 52,000 square meters. The garden is the best representation of Chinese classical gardens of the Ming Dynasty. Its design is duplicated in many places throughout China, and there is even a replica in the New York Metropolitan Museum.
The garden is divided into three parts - the Eastern Garden, the Western Garden and the Central Garden - with different characteristics. Beautiful pavilions, crystal-clear pools, elegant corridors and bridges form wonderful and harmonious scenery in the garden.
The houses in the residential area are of the typical Suzhou style and now used as exhibition rooms. The middle section is the gem of the whole garden. Of its area one-third is covered by water. Around the lake are trees and buildings.

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Liuyuan Garden (Lingering Garden), Suzhou, Jiangsu Province(江苏苏州留园)
Liuyuan Garden is famous for its exquisite layout, and multitude of remarkable rocks. It is praised as one of China's four famous gardens, along with Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou, the Summer Palace in Beijing, and the Chengde Summer Palace.
Liuyuan Garden has the most buildings among Suzhou's gardens. There are many halls, corridors, walls and doors, creating dozens of small yards in different shapes.
The artistry of Liuyuan Garden reflects not only the refined techniques and wisdom of the ancient landscape architects, but also the architecture features and artistic style of Jiangnan (the area immediately south of the Yangtze) gardens.

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Shizilin Garden (Lion Grove Garden), Suzhou, Jiangsu Province(江苏苏州狮子林)
If we say Zhuozheng Garden reflects the architectural style of Ming Dynasty, Shizilin Garden can be regarded as a typical representative of Yuan Dynasty. It is one of the four most famous and representative gardens of ancient classical style in Suzhou City. The other three are Canglangting (Blue Wave Pavilion), Liuyuan Garden (Lingering Garden) and Zhuozheng Garden (Humble Administrator's Garden).
The garden is famous for the large and labyrinthine grotto of taihu rocks at its center. The name of the garden is derived from the shape of these rocks, which are said to resemble lions.
The garden is divided into two main parts, a housing complex and rockery around a central pond. In addition to the 22 buildings, the garden also houses 25 tablets, 71 steles, five carved wooden screens, and 13 ancient specimen trees, some dating back to the Yuan Dynasty.

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Geyuan Garden, Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province(江苏扬州个园)
Geyuan Garden features bamboos, rocks and the Chinese character "ge" in the name of the garden. It uses bamboo and rocks as its principal elements and is characterized by stone-piling. Different rockeries are formed from different kinds of rocks to represent different scenes in the four seasons of a year, hence the name "four-season-rockery".

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Heyuan Garden, Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province(江苏扬州何园)
Also named "Jixiao Heights", Heyuan Garden is regarded as "No.1 garden in late Qing Dynasty". Its profound cultural background and ingenuity of buildings are much admired. The integration of strong points of imperial gardens and those of private gardens south of the Yangtze River resulted in a refreshing and tasteful ambience.
In Heyuan Garden, waterscapes overlap rockscapes. The 1500-meter long double corridors zigzag. The meticulous and unique design is ingenious and elegant, and makes you comfortable and will give you a pleasant experience.

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