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Li Garden wuxi

The Li Garden (Li Yuan) is in southwest Wuxi, and is surrounded on three sides by Wuli Lake. It is one of the most famous gardens for lake scenery in China.

In the Qingqi Village in Wuxi City, is located the Li Garden which is one of the major scenic spots in China. It lies by Li Lake and covers an area of 8.2 hectares (approx. 98,071 square yards). It is said that Fan Li who was a prime minister of the Yue State in Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC - 476 BC) was very meritorious in helping the king to conquer another state. However, he has decided to live in privacy with Xi Shi (one of the Four Beauties in ancient China) after the big success was achieved. They lived in this area and boated in Li Lake. In order to commemorate Fan Li, the lake was named after his name. However, the garden was named after the lake.

The Wuli Lake is a narrow strip of water, 9.5 square kilometres in area, and looks enchanting with its tranquil and limpid appearance.

Li Garden is a private garden built in the early 20th century. The garden is classical Chinese in layout and architecture. It is a mix of rock formations and greenery, a lot of which is man made. The garden landscape merges with Lihu to become the most beautiful spot on the entire lake.

A 1,000-meter long corridor winds around the park and has brick inscriptions in the handwriting of famous ancient calligraphers, such as Su Dongpo and Mifu. There is also a large white wall with numerous latticed openings from where you can view the park at different angles.

Li Garden is a splendid place for visitors. With ponds, a walkway, mini-bridges, mini-pagodas and souvenir stalls dotted here and there, the garden appears full of life and is like a mysterious labyrinth. There is a tour boat dock inside the garden for cruises to other points on the lakeshore. The park is especially popular in springtime when the plum blossoms are in full bloom.

From June to September, the exhibition of lotus is held in the garden, and night tours are also held here from July to September.

Admission Fee: CNY 20 (Dec.-Mar.)
CNY 30 (Jun.-Sep.)
CNY 40 (Apr.-Nov.)
Opening Hours: 06:30 to17:30
Recommended Time for a Visit: One and a half hours
Bus Route: K1, K 82