Humble Administrator’s Garden

Top choice gardens in Suzhou

The largest of Sūzhōu's gardens, the Humble Administrator’s Garden is often considered to be the most impressive, but its fame draws in constant crowds, so get here early in the morning if you can. First built in 1509, this 5.2-hectare garden is clustered with water features, a museum, a teahouse, zigzagging bridges, bamboo groves and fragrant lotus ponds, along with at least 10 pavilions with poetic names such as ‘Listening to the Sound of Rain’ and ‘Faraway Looking’ pavilions.