Garden (Garden of the Master of the Nets)
Located in the south-eastern part of downtown
Suzhou, the Garden of the Master of the Nets is one
of the ¡°four famous gardens¡±,
and is regarded as truly representative of both the
artistic style and cultural heritage of Suzhou's
classic gardens. In 1997, it was listed among UNESCO¡¯s
World Heritage Sites.
The Garden of the Master of the Nets was
first built in the Song Dynasty and has seen several
renovations. It was given its current name. ¡°Garden
of the Master of the Nets¡±, during the
Qing Dynasty. The garden hosts many masterpieces such
as poems, paintings, and carvings.
The Garden of the Master of the Nets is
a typical residential garden, and it is divided into
three parts. The east part is the residential area where
the owner of the garden lived with his family; the main
garden is in the middle, and the west part is the inner
garden. The residential area is delicately decorated
with beautiful tile carvings. It is regarded as being
truly representative of a feudal society residence.
The main garden features a big pond surrounded by artificial
hills, various flowers and trees, and a pavilion.
Despite its relatively compact nature, the
Garden of the Master of the Nets continues to attract
visitors from home and abroad due to its neatness, propriety
and attractive scenic spots.