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Canglang Pavilion

Canglang Pavilion
Canglang Pavilion, Suzhou Jiangsu province
Canglang Pavilion, Suzhou China Jiangsu
Canglang Pavilion, Suzhou China

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.

Suzhou Travel Attractions
Zhuozhengyuan Garden
Hanshan Temple
Liuyuan Garden
Wangshiyuan Garden
Shiziyuan Garden
Huqiu Garden
Canglang Pavilion
Tongli Water Town
Zhouzhuang Water Town
Panmen Gate
Grand Canal
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