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Classical Gardens of Suzhou
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 11-19 centuries
Date of Inscription: 1997, 2000
Location: Asia, China, Jiangsu Province, Suzhou City
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Description: In no other place will you find a better example of Classical Chinese gardening design (which seeks to reconstruct natural landscapes in miniature) than in the nine gardens of the historic city of Suzhou. They are commonly accepted as being masterpieces of their genre. In their scrupulous design, implemented starting 11th-19th centuries, the gardens reflect the deep metaphysical importance of natural beauty in Chinese culture. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Suzhou (simplified Chinese: 苏州; traditional Chinese: 蘇州; pinyin: Sūzhōu; ancient name: 吳) is a city on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and on the shores of Lake Taihu in the province of Jiangsu, China. The city is renowned for its beautiful stone bridges, pagodas, and meticulously designed gardens, which has become a great tourist attraction. Suzhou has also been an important centre for China's silk industry since the Song Dynasty (960-1279), and continues to hold that prominent position today. In 1981, this ancient city was listed by the State Council as one of the four cities (the other three being Beijing, Hangzhou and Guilin) where the protection of historical and cultural heritage as well as natural scenery should be treated as a priority project. Since then, with suburban economic projects, Suzhou has developed into one of the most prosperous cities in China. Classical gardens in Suzhou were added to the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997 and 2000. It is possible to make a virtual tour at the UNESCO site in panorama through the wonderful Classical Gardens of Suzhou. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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