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6 Tranquil Gardens To Visit In China

China is one of the most diverse natural landscapes in the world. With beaches, cities of diverse cultures, and gardens, there is something for everyone to see. In this case, I want you to imagine walking in a peaceful serene garden. Imagine the fresh smell of flowers and a variety of plants while listening to the chirping of birds. And no, this is not a nursery next to a highway. It’s a full-on big beautiful garden. Taking the time to have a moment of stillness in a garden releases chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. With that in mind, here are 6 tranquil gardens to visit In China.

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1. Lingering Garden

Visit the beautiful Lingering Garden in China
Image: German Chinese Networking, 2023

Lingering Garden is a man-made garden situated in Suzhou. But don’t let that put you down, the natural scenery is beautiful. It’s filled with delicately designed architecture and features shaped stones and idyllic scenery. Also, a fee of 55 RMB is payable at the entrance. This allows the garden to be well taken care of, offering you an exquisite visual treat and tranquil experience.  So, feel free to linger in the garden a bit. See what I did there? Because the garden’s name is Lingering. Anyway, I hope you enjoy lingering around. Okay, I’m done now.

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2. Yu Garden

Visit the stunning Yu Garden in Shanghai
Image: Pinterest, 2022

Yu Garden or Yuyuan Garden is located beside the City Gold Temple in the northeast of Shanghai. However, Yu Garden is different from other gardens in China. Although small, it has all elements of a classical Chinese garden and more. It perfectly blends decorative halls with elaborate pavilions. Additionally, the unique zig-zac bridges and temples look out at glittering ponds. Here you see the most exquisite rockeries. In fact, Yu Garden is home to the largest and oldest rockery in the southern region of the Yangtze River. And at only CNY 40, you can’t miss a visit to this garden.

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3. Margaret Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden

The Margaret Grigg Nanjing Friendship Garden is part of the Missouri Botanical Garden in the Southern provinces of China. Primarily, the garden is a showplace of extraordinary craftsmanship. It was built by Chinese artisans in Nanjing using the traditional colours indicative of a southern Chinese Garden. So, it’s a real traditional garden. Lastly, the highlight of the Nanjing Friendship Garden is a hand-carved white marble bridge with a moon arch beneath that covers several small falls. Then, the falls feed into the central pond at the heart of the garden. So, if you enjoy looking at Chinese architecture, this is the garden for you.

4. Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden is an elite garden that’s only accessible to members in hustling Shanghai. If you’re not a member, you get access by paying a fee of $14. Here you can find the most paths in a garden to fully discover every inch. Whether you are a visitor taking in the beauty of the garden or a member who comes back day after day to sip tea in the teahouse, Lan Su is a stunning destination. Whilst it’s worth the visit, visiting once is probably not enough so I would recommend becoming a member. There is truly so much to experience and see. You’ll always see something new at Lan Su.

5. Humble Administrator’s Garden

Visit the stunning Humble Administrator Garden
Image: Suzhou, 2022

In the northeastern corner of Suzhou, the most traditional garden in China is located. Due to the combination of buildings, ponds, bridges, paths, and trees arranged in a specific way. The goal of the garden is to tell historical stories of China. So, it’s a world heritage site and one of the top four classic Chinese gardens in China. In addition, Humble Administrator’s Garden is divided into three gardens to make your walkthrough easy. Here you can have a humble experience as the name suggests. Don’t worry, I won’t start with the cheesy jokes.

6. Master of the Nets Garden

Master of the Nets Garden is among the finest gardens in China.  It is recognised by the Classical Gardens of Suzhou as a World Heritage Site.  The designers combine art, nature, and architecture to create masterpieces throughout the garden. You can visit this classy garden in the southern part of Suzhou. Master of the Nets aims to recreate natural beauty on a smaller scale for people to admire. Just imagine a little pocket-size garden. But you know what they say, dynamite comes in small packages. Let’s just pretend this relates to gardens as well.

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Get it? Like herd your enthusiasm but instead, I used herb because herbs grow in gardens and I wrote about gardens. Anyway, I hope you’re rushing just to be still in these tranquil incredible gardens. Finally, if you’re looking for other wellness activities in China, check out these 4 must-visit bathhouses in Shanghai. As always, thank you so much for being here!

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