Gardening in Suzhou reached its height during the Ming and Qing dynasties. There were over 280 private gardens then in Suzhou and landscaping became an art with established masters. The mild climate, along with 230 frost-free days and around 43 inches of rain annually the area is perfect for gardening endeavors . The Humble Administrator's Garden (Zhuozheng Yuan) covering 51,950 sq.meter is considered the greatest of all southern Chinese gardens. The garden boasts altogether 48 different buildings, 101 parallel couplets and door plateaux, 40 stelae, 21 precious old trees, and over 700 bonsai (potted landscape)...

The classical garden of Suzhou