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How to Visit Canglang Pavilion

Thursday, November 29th, 2012
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Plan your Suzhou tour? Suzhou has four most famous classical gardens listed as World Cultural Site which includes Canglang Pavilion (沧浪亭). Canglang Pavilion is typical of the classical gardens in Song Dynasty (960 – 1279), the oldest private garden in Suzhou.
 
Canglang Pavilion literally means “Blue Wave Pavilion”. The garden was built in the year 1044 by the famous poet named Su Shunqing (1008–1048) in Song Dynasty. The garden features the Song Dynasty layout and design. The name Canglang comes from a verse in a poem written by Qu Yuan Qu Yuan (340 BC-278 BC). Qu Yuan wrote the verse to alllude to an honest  official who rather resign from his office than do in a corrupt way. Su Shunqing used the verse to express his emotion after his removal from office.
 
The ownership of the garden changed many times and went through a bunch of renovations and revamping. The garden was opened to the public in 1955 and in 2000 it was listed the UNESCO world cultural heritage site together with other classical gardens in Suzhou.
 
The Blue Wave Pavilion is located at No.03 Cangang Pavilion Street, Sanyuanfang, in the south of the ancient city of Suzhou. Canglang Pavilion is often put together with the Garden of the Master of the Nets on a same day trip since the two gardens are within walking distance.
 
A lake is ahead of the garden with a bridge stradling the lake leading to its main north gate. The garden is set on a hill in the center topped by the famous Canglang Pavilion. The hill is surrounded by the small lake lined with rockeries and the old trees. The garden lacks the northern wall, which gives people an illusion of space by borrowing scenes from the lake outside the north of the garden.
 
The wave-type long corridor with leaky windows frames beautiful views from the outside of the garden. The verdant bamboo garden is one of the highlights in Canglang Pavilion. The bamboo garden boasts of over 20 kinds of bamboos. The largest builing in the garden is Mingdao Hall 明道堂 with in the southeast of the garden. The hall has some impressive furniture made from the gnarled roots of Banyan trees. 
 
Entrance fees:
RMB 20 (April 16 – October)
RMB 15 (November – April 15)
Enquiry Tel: 0512-65293190
 
Public transport:
Bus lines going to Canglang Pavilion: Tourist Bus 2, Tourist Bus 4 and Tourist 5; Bus 1, Bus 5, Bus 7, Bus 30, Bus 39, Bus 101, Bus 102, Bus 103, Bus 218, Bus 261, Bus 308 and bus 309. 
 
The lake outside the north of Canglang Pavilion 

The lake outside the north of Canglang Pavilion

 
A zigzag bridge stradled the lake leading to the garden main entrance 

A zigzag bridge stradled the lake leading to the garden main entrance

 
The north of the garden has no wall, but a long corridor with leaky wondows framing the outside lake views 

a long corridor with leaky wondows framing the outside lake views

 
The garden is set on a hill in the center topped by the famous Canglang Pavilion 

The garden is set on a hill in the center topped by the famous Canglang Pavilion

 
The hill is surrounded by the small lake lined with rockeries and the old trees. 

The hill is surrounded by the small lake lined with rockerie

 
The bamboo garden boasts of over 20 kinds of bamboos

The bamboo garden boasts of over 20 kinds of bamboos

 
The leaky window frames a pretty view. 

The leaky window frames a pretty view.

 
The moon gate borrows the view outside.

The moon gate borrows the view outside.