Friday, November 15, 2013

Suzhou, the city of gardens

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It is one of the oldest cities of which are located in the basin of the Yangzi River, and the most famous of all Chinese. 2500 Years ago, the local tribes, which is called Gou Wu, lived in the area that would eventually become Suzhou. It is located in the lower part of the Yangzi River, along the Taihu Lake in Jiangsu province. clip_image013
The population of almost 6 million, occupies an area of almost 9,000 Km². There is a Chinese proverb that says: "in heaven is the paradise and are Suzhou and Hangzhouon the Earth".
Suzhou is China city that retains more gardens. Most of these gardens belonged to private homes. Classical Chinese gardens architecture always includes four elements: rocks, water, plants and pavilions.
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At the end of the war with Japan, in 1938, the majority of the gardens were destroyed. At the beginning of the 1950s, began the restoration of different gardens. Therefore, most style belongs to the Qing dynasty although they were originally built during the time of the Ming.
This area of China has managed to preserve its history and tradition in some other places not so well known as the city of Suzhou, known for the beauty of its ornamental gardens. It is a little less than an hour of train from Shanghai, services are every few minutes during the morning and as much back in the afternoon.
You have to see among other things:
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Tiger Hill Garden: it is believed that the King is buried in this Hill I Lu, founder of the city. The legend says that, shortly after bury the monarch, was a white tiger on the Hill, who came to take care of his grave. At the top of the Hill was built in the 10th century, a seven-storied pagoda. Its height is 47 m and inclined. An attempt to correct this skew, but all that has been achieved is to stop the process.
El Administrator's Garden: is almost 5 hectares making it one of the largest. It belonged to a high official who built during the Ming dynasty, is the more famous of the 4 available to the city. It has a number of pavilions, ponds and trails connected by traditional bridges.
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The blue waves Pavilion (Canglang Ting): surrounded by a moat with water that makes the garden wall. Built during the Song dynasty, inside the Temple of five hundred wise men that are sculpted 594 images depicting the history is of Suzhou.
The eternal garden figure within the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1997. It was started to be built in 1566 and is a jewel of design and landscape architecture in China.

North Temple pagoda (Beisi Ta): it was built during the Song dynasty and has suffered several fires throughout history. Its nine floors measuring 76 meters high.
If it overwhelms you so much mechanical stairs and squares of food in the malls, you can find several havens of peace and contemplation one step away from Shanghai.

Vía: visitandoelmundo

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