Lion Grove Garden, Suzhou

Lion Grove Garden, Suzhou (must see)

The Lion Grove Garden is famous for the large and labyrinthine grotto of taihu rock at the garden's center. The name of the garden derives from the shape of these rocks which are said to resemble lions. It is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The 1.1 ha garden is divided into two main parts, a housing complex and rockery around a central pond. In addition to the 22 buildings the garden also houses: 25 tablets, 71 stelae, 5 carved wooden screens, and 13 ancient specimen trees, some dating back to the Yuan dynasty.

The garden is most famous for its elaborate grotto of Taihu stone. This 1154 m2 grotto contains a maze of 9 paths winding through 21 caves across 3 levels. The pond divides the grotto into east and west sections. The taihu stone peaks are located atop this grotto. Most famous is the Lion Peak surrounded by four other stones which collectively form the Famous Five Peaks. There is a folktale about two immortals, Iron-Crutch Li and Lü Dongbin who wandered into the maze of the Lion Grove and being unable to exit settled in a cave to play chess.

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Lion Grove Garden
Sight Location: Suzhou, China (See walking tours in Suzhou)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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