The Humble Administrator’s Garden is a Chinese garden in Suzhou, belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the most famous gardens in the city. With 51,950 m2, it is Suzhou’s largest garden and is considered by some to be the most elegant garden in South China. Together with the Summer Palace in Beijing, the Mountain Resort of Chengde in Hebei Province and the Lingering Garden in Suzhou, it is one of the four most famous gardens in China.
The Humble Administrator’s Garden was originally built in 1509 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). He was a private garden of the former state minister Wang Xianchen. In contrast to the Grandview Garden and other famous gardens in Beijing, it is a representative work of the Ming Dynasty architecture.