(Lion Grove Garden)
Lion Grove Garden began in 1342 during China's
Yuan Dynasty, by a monk Tianru and a group of Zen Buddhists
as a memorial of their master and teacher Zhongfeng.
The original name of the garden was "Shizi'lin
Si"(The Lion Grove Temple), later called "Putizhengzong
Temple" and then "The Holy Grace Temple".
It was historically recorded that the site of the temple
had a lot of strange stones that shaped like lions.
Another story told that the Monk Tianru attained a spiritual
enlightenment from the Master Zhongfeng on the Lion
Rock of the Tianmushan Mountain in Zhejiang Province,
so the temple acquired its name. The Lion Grove Garden
had been repaired and renovated between 1917 and 1926.
The whole structure of the Lion Grove Garden
is divided into three parts, i.e. the Ancestral Temple,
the Residential Houses and the Courtyards. The Ancestral
Temple is initially for the Bei's family in the past.
Tour the majestic temple, you may feel the silence and
solemn atmosphere of it. The residential zone is represented
by the Yanyu Hall which is the main architecture of
the Lion Grove Garden, with high ceiling and magnificent
decoration. Four small gardens are located in the back
of the hall that they are filled with yulan and peony
flowers of vivid color.
The trees in Lion Grove Garden are mainly
the hardwoods and some evergreen plants, with various
kinds of bamboo, bine and grasses as decorations. The
making of the plants is like painting a picture. Gardeners
introduced flowers which have good colors and charming
fragrances, so the plantation is great scenery for your
tour in the garden.
The Suzhou Gardens are being regarded as
the best in the attractions of China's Yangtze Delta
region, and the Lion Grove Garden is the greatest example
among its kind in Suzhou. This garden is famous in its
rockworks and labyrinth-like paths and corridors. The
rockworks, called "false hills" in Chinese,
are the biggest scale left in China today. These works
in the Lion Grove Garden are nowhere can match in their
historic and artistic values. These "hills",
undulate in shape with peaks among them, some beautiful,
but some others are quite sinister in looking.
The water in the Lion Grove Garden means
the big pools with elegant pavilions stand in the middle,
with bridges linked to the land, thus give you the impression
that the small lakes are divided into parts. By tour
the garden, you can hear the pretty sound of the flowing
water, because the gardeners in the past have done some
good work in water management. They lead the water flows
from the rockworks in the west of the garden, it passes
the winding, up and down path, and than descend like