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Suzhou Couple's Retreat Garden


Originally named Sheyuan Garden,Ouyuan Garden (耦园,Couple’s Retreat Garden) is located in the depth of Xiaoxinqiao Alley, Cangjie Street. It is located in tranquility, and the east side is the ancient city wall of Suzhou, which has been ruined. In November, 2000, it was inscribed into the list of World Cultural Heritage Site, and in June, 2001, Couple’s Retreat Garden was written into the list of national key cultural sites.

The garden was built by Lu Jin(陆锦), the governor of Baoning in the reign of Emperor Shunzhi in early Qing Dynasty. It was firstly named Sheyuan Garden (涉园), which was quoted from a classical literary work named Guiqulaixici(归去来兮辞), created by Tao Yuanming who was a great poet of Jin period. The quotation used for inspiration is (园日涉以成趣), which means daily visits in garden becomes a hobby. The highlights of the garden are the yellow stones and the rockeries. Due to two garden located on the east and west sides respectively, they are in symmetry, and in line with even number, which in Chinese is pronounced to be Ou Shu(偶数) , so it is called Ou Garden. The bank revetment on the south and north is the feature of this garden as well. It largely expresses the closest connection of people’s daily life and water.

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Couple's Retreat Garden in Suzhou

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