Lion Grove Garden

Admission:

RMB 40 peak season (April-October); RMB 30 off-season (November-March)

Hours:

8am-5pm daily

How to get there:

23 Yuanlin Lu (Yuánlín Lù, 园林路). A short walk south of the Suzhou Museum and the Humble Administrator's Garden. Take tourist bus 游1, 游2 or 游5 to the Suzhou Museum (苏州博物馆).

Named for the collection of rocks resembling lions, the Lion Grove Garden (Shī Zǐ Lín, 狮子林), or Lion Forest Garden, was built in 1342 during the Yuan Dynasty by a group of Zen Buddhists. For centuries, the garden has welcomed and inspired local writers, poets, and monks. Today, visitors try to lose themselves in the limestone labyrinth, lined with stone lions in different poses.

The grounds contain over 20 buildings of various styles built over the centuries. Beautifully carved calligraphy can be found on the grove's large collection of steles and rocks.

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