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360 China - Natural Landscape
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2013-06-25
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Adjacent to the Humble Administrator Garden, Lion Grove Garden is the only garden having survived from the end of the Yuan Dynasty to the present day. The idea came from Buddhism. The well-known Yuan artist Zi Zan (Yunlin) painted a scroll of the Lion Grove Garden. Emperors Kangxi and Qianlong visited it several times and made replicas of the garden at the Yuan Ming Garden and the Imperial Mountain Resort respectively. Compactly yet harmoniously spaced, The Lion Grove Garden, also called the Kingdom of Rockeries, is noted for its labyrinthine man-made limestone mountains with winding pathways and caverns as well as pavilions, terraces and towers. A long roofed walkway going round the garden leads to places of quietude. In 2000 it was inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO. In 2003 it was listed as the National Tourist Attraction of Grade AAAA. The man-made mountains of Lion Grove Garden are not very high but awe-inspiring, possessing numerous winding caverns. Large areas of water are not deep but immense, curving round the mountains. The waterfalls are concealed by trees and flowers. Rare species of old trees are impressive. The pavilions, halls and towers are celebrated for their exquisite workmanship. No wonder it is regarded as one of the four most famous gardens of Suzhou.