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Humble Administrator's Garden

Situated in the northeast corner of the ancient city of Suzhou, the Humble Administrator's Garden is the largest classical garden in Suzhou and one of the four best known gardens in China. It was originally built in 1909, or the fourth year of the Zhengde Reign of the Ming Dynasty, by Wang Xianchen, an imperial censor who had just been demoted and sent back to his hometown.

The garden as it stands today falls into eastern, central and western parts, with a dwelling quarter in front of it. The terrain of the place was taking into full account, and the entire garden was built around streams and ponds. Buildings of different types are built in a simplistic and natural style, by the rippling ponds and in verdant woods, so that the ponds looked vast and the trees look lush green, and the view is as far reaching as possible.

More than 700 potted miniature landscapes arc on display in the western part of the garden. The former dwellings have not been converted into the Suzhou Garden Museum.

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