How to Visit The Garden of the Master of the Nets

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Plan your Suzhou tour? The Garden of the Master of the Nets (网师园) should be included on your first time trip to Suzhou. Of all the famous classical gardens in Suzhou, the Garden of the Master of the Nets is the smallest in size, only one sixth of the Humble Administrator’s Garden. It is a typical residential garden which mainly consists of the two sections – East Section (Residential Area) and West Section (garden).
 
The most prominent feature of the garden is its use of space, making an illusion of creating a garden looking much bigger than its actual size. The east residential area is an axis of four halls with three courtyards. The western garden area is set out around the Pool with plants and rocks being used to make scenes which represent several seasons.
 
The garden was originally built and owned by Shi Zhengzhi, an offical in Southern Song Dynasty. Shi Zhengzhi named the garden “Yuyin” indicating he sought after the simple and solitary life of a Chinese fisherman depicted in philosophical writings. Later the garden changed many hands till 1785 when it was revamped and renovated by Song Zongyuan, a retired government official of the Qing Dynasty. He redesigned the garden and constructed more buildings, but kept its orignal appearance. He often regarded himslef as a fisherman and renamed th garden the Master of the Nets Garden, meaning the simple life of a fisherman. In 1940 the garden fell in the hands of He Chang, who renovated the garden and renamed the garden Master of Nets Garden. In 1958 his daughter He Zehui donated the garden to the Suzhou government according to her father’s will.
 
The garden is located  No. 11 Kuojiatouxian,Daichengqiao Road, Canglang District (沧浪区带城桥路阔家头巷11号). Its north side gate confronts Shiquan Street (十全街), a renowned commercial street in Suzhou. It is walking distance from the town Suzhou. Bus lines No.204, No.511,No.47,No. 501,No.20 and No.93 run past the garden.
 
Entrance Fees:
RMB 30 (April 16 – October)
RMB 20 (November – April 15)
Day Time Opening Hour: 07:30 – 17:00
Night Time Opening Hour: 17:00 – 22:00 ( Night Traditional Music)
 
Enqiry Phone Number: 0512 – 65293190
 
The short bridge in the garden is reputed as the shortest bridge in the world. 

The short bridge in the garden is reputed as the shortest bridge in the world.

 
The backdrop of the east residential buildings are beautifully reflected on the pond. 

The backdrop of the east residential buildings are beautifully reflected on the pond.

 
The pavilion, the corridor, the rockeries and trees present amazing Chinese traditonal painting. 

The pavilion, the corridor, the rockeries and trees present amazing Chinese traditonal painting.

 
Almost all the rooms in the residential area have easy access to the pond. 

Almost all the rooms in the residential area have easy access to the pond.

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