Ancient City of Suzhou

Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill is renowned as the "Number One Scenery of the Kingdom of Wu." The hill is 36 meters in height and covers an area of about 14,100 square meters. A number of historic attractions, including some dating back 2,500 years, as old as the city of Suzhou, are located on the hill.

Throughout history, many famous writers, poets, and celebrities have let flow their unreserved praise of Tiger Hill. A famous Song Dynasty poet, Su Dongpo once said, "It is a lifelong pity to have gone to Suzhou without a visit to Tiger Hill." People traditionally described Tiger Hill as illustrated in "Nine Scenes", namely, that Tiger Hill is best viewed "under the Moon, in the Snow, in the Rain, in the Mist, in Midsummer, in Refreshing Autumn, in a Spring Morning, in a late Autumn Day with Fallen Leaves, and at Sunset."

All of Tiger Hill's major attractions are situated within a few steps from the main road that leads up the hill, making it quite easy to find your way around the park.

In China's historic Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), Suzhou was the capital of the Wu Kingdom, a strong regional power in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. King He Lu, the highly competent and heroic ruler of the Wu, lead his country to the peak of power by fighting a lengthy war against the Chu Kingdom in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River region. Many great contemporaries, such as General Wu Zixu, and Sun Tzu, the Military Theoretician, who authored the military classic The Art of War, served in King He Lu's forces. With military success and a burgeoning economy, the Wu kingdom reached its peak in land expanse and influence, and was recognized by other kingdoms in China as a strong power along the Yangtze River. But these good times didn't last long, as the Wu would soon be engaged in a prolonged struggle with the Yue Kingdom, which rose up from the area around present-day Hangzhou. King He Lu himself was wounded and died during a battle with Yue forces. After his death, his body was buried within the hill. Three days after the funeral a white tiger came and sat upon the grave as though guarding it. From that time on the hill has been known as Tiger Hill.


The Humble Administrator's Garden

A door sales "gold brick Humble Administrator's Garden" three word front gate above the high water brick walls door. The construction of Humble Administrator's Garden named Wang Xianchen, he is an executive of the Ming Dynasty, because of officialdom frustrated back home, to the site of a temple for the foundation, began to build a the house garden. In order to make the garden more Fu cultural taste, he invited the Wumen school representative personage Wen Zhiming as the chief designer, to participate in the design blueprint, and leave "the Humble Administrator's Garden" to chao. Jiangnan four wit "s to a painter's aesthetic taste, using traditional text draws the outline of the overall layout of the garden, which lasted for more than ten years, finally completed the later a crown of Jiangnan. Wen Zhiming design, dominated by water, lichtung plain, near natural garden style, strongly displays Chinese landscape painting artistic conception. At this point, the real natural scenery as blueprint, into Chinese painting art representation, become a major tenet of Suzhou classical garden layout. The garden is borrowed from the Western Jin Dynasty scholar named Humble Administrator's Garden Pan Yue "and" Fu "in building a house plant trees, easygoing...... Shrub garden and vegetable, for day meal...... Is also a party politics, "the sentence from the garden name. Metaphor to water the garden vegetables as their (a person) for "political". Park built in the near future, Wang Xianchen died, his son in a night of gambling, the whole garden lost to xu. Over the past 500 years, the Humble Administrator's Garden has changed the master, one divides into two. Historically, and divided into three, and then be made one, vicissitudes, garden name is different, or for the private garden, or for the government, or spread to residential areas, until the last century 50's, only one recovery beginning of poems, "Humble Administrator's Garden". In Humble Administrator's Garden many historical figures, Wen Zhiming, Cao Xueqin, Li Xiucheng and other particularly attract sb.'s attention, we will introduce the one one scenic spots.