Suzhou, northwest of Shanghai, is a mecca for garden lovers. Its classical gardens date back a thousand years, with 69 sites still preserved today.
Many of Suzhou’s classical gardens have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, including the “Master of the Nets” garden.
But Americans only need to travel as far Portland, Oregon, Suzhou’s sister city, to get a taste of Suzhou’s famous gardens. The Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland was constructed in 2000 to mirror Suzhou’s “Master of the Nets” garden. And it’s a sight to see.
Get ready to be “in the know” about China’s classical gardens on both sides of the ocean.