Canglang Pavilion, located in the south
of Suzhou, has an area of about 1.08 hectares. It is
the oldest of the Suzhou garden which can be traced
back to the Northern Song Dynasty (906-127). It owns
the style of gardening in the Song. It was listed as
world cultural heritage in 2000. State Council approved
to list the Canglang Pavilion into the sixth installment
of the national cultural relics protection units in
2006. Bamboo is the traditional plant, more than 20
species bamboos now planting in Canglang Pavilion.
Sun Shunqin, a famous poet in Song Dynasty,
paid a large amount of money on the crippled garden,
starting the construction nearby the water. Then he
nominated Canglang Pavilion to this construction. At
that time when Ouyang Xiu wrote a poem regarding the
Canglang Pavilion as the background, it was well-known
among the people. In Kangxi Thirty-five years (1873),
Song Luo rebuilt the garden, which laid the foundation
of Canglang Pavilion. In 1873, Canglang Pavilion was
rebuilt again, and then formed today's appearance.
On the way to the area south of Yangtze
River, Emperor Qianlong, passing Suzhou, lived in Canglang
Pavilion and heard that the storyteller in Suzhou was
very famous. One day after dinner, he felt lonely and
boring, so he wanted to find a way to pass time. And
then, a man named Wang Zhoushi was summoned. In front
of the emperor, he was not afraid of power and not flattery,
his performance was very successful. The emperor Qianlong
listened enthralled and captivated, so he became a local
avid reader. Wang Zhoushi along with Qianlong lived
into the imperial palace. But he didn't
adapt to the luxurious and comfortable life. Finally,
he caught an occasion to excuse being sick and he returned
to Suzhou his hometown.
Before entering Canglang Pavilion, a pool
of green water with rugged rocks around the park appears
in front. The galleries with the grilles blend the rivers
and mountains inside and outside naturally. The main
scenes are rocks and mountains with ancient trees and
pools under it. A tortuous complex gallery implants
between the water and the mountains, helping to visit
around the Canglang Pavilion that is next to Qing Pool.
The famous Canglang whose structure is quaint and is
in harmony with the atmosphere of the whole garden is
hidden in the top of the mountain. Five trees several
hundreds years old trees stand around the Canglang Pavilion.
Mingdao Tang which is the place for scholars
in Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) to five lectures
is the largest of the main buildings in Canglang Pavilion.
Bamboo has been a traditional plant since
Su Shunqin built the pavilion and even is the one of
the special characteristics.
Five-Hundred Famous Ancient Sages Hall is
also popular because 594 famous people from Spring and
Autumn period (770BC-476BC) and Qing Dynasty in Suzhou
were embedded in the wall, which helps people know the
history.The scenery of the whole garden is simple, rustic
and graceful. Canglang Pavilion doesn't
attract tourists by its handicraft, but its natural
beauty. The thin mist fills the air, which gives the
feeling of a Watertown.
Tongli Water Town