The Classical Gardens of Suzhou

Inscribed :1997 Criteria: C (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v)

Justification for Inscription: 
Report of the 21st Session of the Committee

Brief description:
Classical Chinese garden design, which seeks to recreate natural landscapes in miniature, is nowhere better illustrated than in the four gardens in the historic city of Suzhou. They are universally acknowledged to be masterpieces of the genre. Dating from the 16th- 18th centuries, the gardens reflect the profound metaphysical importance of natural beauty in Chinese culture in their meticulous design.

Links with Partner Institutions:
The Suzhou Municipal Administrative Bureau of Gardens
Suzhou Classical Gardens (ChinaVista)

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