How to Visit Lion Grove Garden

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Plan your Suzhou tour? Visiting the World Cultural Heritage crowned classical gardens in Suzhou is a must for many first time visitors. The Lion Grove Garden (狮子林) is one of the most famous gardens in Suzhou and the other three are the Humble Administrator’s Garden, Canglang Garden and the Lingering Garden.

Basically you will see the Lion Grove Garden after you have visited the Humble Administrator’s Garden since the two are quite close to each other. The Lion Grove Garden is located at 23 Yuanlin Road (园林路)in Pingjiang District, just about 10 minutes’s walk south from the Humble Administrator’s Garden.

It has convenient public transportation with easy access through public buses and taxis. If you start from Suzhou Railway Station or Suzhou North Bus Station, you take the buses No.5 or 2 and get off at the stop of the Lion Grove Garden; if you start from the Suzhou South Bus Station or the Suzhou Boat Dock, you may take the buses No.1, 101 and 102, then get off at the Guanqian Street ( 观前街) and connect Bus 3 or 5 and get off at the stop of the Lion Grove Garden.

Entrance Fees:
RMB 30 ( April 16 – Ocotber 31)
RMB 20 ( November – April 15)
Enquiry: (0512)67272428

The Lion Grove Garden was originally built in 1342 and typical of the Chinese clasical gardens in Yuan Dynasty (1206–1368). The Lion Grove Garden is renowned for its amazing shapes of the rocks and rockeries in the garden dubbed as the King of the Rocks. The Taihu rocks in the garden resembles the shapes of lions, hence the name of the Lion Grove Garden.

The garden name is also linked to a monk called Tianru who first built the garden in memory of his master who lived on the Lion Cliff in Zhejang Tianmu Mountain. Qianlong Emperor in Qing Dynasty liked the garden very much and visited the garden for 6 times.

The garden changed hands for many times in the past centuries. The last owner of the garden till in 1949 was Bei Runsheng who purchased the garden and finished the restoration in 1926. In 1949 Bei family donated the garden to the government.

The garden consists of two parts – the residential compound and the garden area. The garden area is set out around a lake with rockeries, bridges and pavilions built around the lake. The garden is noted for its elaborate grotto of Taihu rocks. This grotto contains a labyrinth of 9 pathways winding through 21 caves across 3 levels. The most famous is the 9 lions Peak.

The East Entrance to the Lion Grove Garden

The East Entrance to the Lion Grove Garden

 The most famous nine lion rock

The most famous nine lion rock

 The Lion Grove Garden is famous for its rockeries.

The Lion Grove Garden is famous for its rockeries.

 The Lion Grove Garden is also well known for its square bamboo garden. The moon gate frames a pretty view with a backdrop of bamboo.

The moon gate frames a pretty view with a backdrop of bamboo.

 The mid-lake pavilion, bridges, rockeries and the lake.

The mid-lake pavilion, bridges, rockeries and the lake.

 The lion-shaped rockeries are dotted around the lake and the garden.

The lion-shaped rockeries are dotted around the lake and the garden.

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