Humble Administrator's Garden

Category: Sense of Place

 

Photo and caption by John Lander

The Humble Administrator's Garden or Zhouzheng Yuan is considered to be the finest garden in all of southern China. In 1997, along with other classical gardens of Suzhou was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The garden was named after a verse by Pan Yue's Idler's Prose, "I enjoy a carefree life by planting trees and building my own house...I irrigate my garden and grow vegetables for me to eat...such a life suits a retired official like me well."

Location: Suzhou, China

 

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