The Humble Administrator Garden
The Humble Administrator Garden is located in beautiful waterside City, Suzhou in Jiangsu Province. It is most famous for its elegant classical gardens and considered as one of China's four most famous gardens. The Humble Administrator’s Garden covering about 52,000 sq meters, is the largest as well as the most famed in Suzhou and contains almost all the features of classical Suzhou gardens. It was originally built in 1509 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was initially a private garden of a former government servant named Wang Xianchen. He thought that was a simple life led by a humble man like him, hence the name of the garden. For over 500 years, the garden has undergone numerous changes and divisions as private garden, or government offices, or dwellings. It is till 1950s that the garden was reunited eventually by the government. The Humble Administrator’s Garden requires about 1-2 hours’ leisurely walk to take in everything on a first pass, but it is truly worth it.