The Master-Of-Nets Garden is one of the four famous gardens in Suzhou, which has also won the titles of world cultural heritage site, and historical and cultural relics under state protection. The Master-Of-Nets Garden is located in No. 11, Kuojiatou Lane, Daichengqiao Road, which is in the southeast part of Suzhou City. The Master-Of-Nets Garden was built in Chunxi Year of Southern Song Dynasty (1174 A.D.) by Shi Lang after he retired from the Court.
The Master-Of-Nets Garden only has an area of a little more than 8 Mu. The garden is divided into three major parts: housing area as the east part, where mansions concentrating; landscape scenery area as the middle part; and inner garden as the west part, which is also called Garden in Garden. The design of layout balanced the outer shape of the Garden and diversified the inner scenery as landscape changing. The east part is consisted with Ancestry Hall, Entrance Hall, the Sedan-chair Hall, Lobby main hall - the Hall of 10000 Volumes, fine bricks gate tower “Zao Yao Gao Xiang”, inner hall, Women Hall, and the Cloud Stairway Hall. The middle part is consisted with Tieshi Hill House, the Music Room, the Daohe House, the Washing My Ribbon Pavilion, the Rosy Clouds Pool, the Moon Comes with Breeze Pavilion, the Watching Pine and Appreciating Painting Studio, the Prunus Mume Pavilion, the Meditation Study, the Maid Tower, the Five Peak's Library, Duck Shooting Corridor and the Leading to Quietude Bridge (Three-step Bridge) The West Part is consisted with Dew Elite House, Green Jade Spring, Cold Spring Pavilion and the Peony Study. The architectures of the garden are outstanding by their beautiful shaping and delicate designs. The pavilions around the spring share the characters of small-sized, low height and penetrative patterns, the furniture in the pavilions are mainly made of rosewood, fancy and elegant.
Yellow stones are used in the rockery, flower table and bank, and lake stones are used in other yards, the design is reasonable as avoiding the stones mixed together. There are few plants in the Garden. The main species of the plants are green maple, laurel, white bark pine, black pine, wisteria and yulan etc. Flowers such as peony are planted in the Dew Elite House.
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