Visit the Master of the Nets Garden
Next, we will drive you to the most elegant garden in Suzhou: the Master of the Nets Garden. It is the smallest yet finest landscape garden in Suzhou City.
This 0.6-hectare (1½-acre) garden replicates an elegant structure of a typical official's residence in the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911).
The present garden was founded on the former site of a Song Dynasty official's mansion. Its owner, an early Qing Dynasty official, Song Zongyuan, gave the garden its present name based on an earlier one, the "Fisherman's Retreat". It consists of a residential quarter and the actual garden.
Inside the refined residential quarter, the halls are linked closely by a corridor. The garden, petite but with many features, consists of a pond and is decorated with plants, rocks, pavilions, and stone bridges.