Photographer's Note

Suzhou is known as the City of Gardens.

Suzhou's magnificent formerly private gardens are small, exquisite jewels of landscaping art, often choked with visitors, making a slow, meditative tour difficult. Built primarily in the Ming and Qing dynasties by retired scholars, generals, merchants, and government officials, these gardens, designed on different principles than those of the West, aimed to create the illusion of the universe in a limited setting by borrowing from nature and integrating such elements as water, plants, rocks, and buildings. Poetry and calligraphy were added as the final touches. (quoted from Frommer's)

This photo was taken in the Humble Administrator's garden, which is the largest of the gardens.

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