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couples' retreat garden


Many people told us to visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou, that it would be worth it, that it’s the most beautiful, a must-see when in the Venice of the East. Unfortunately, however, we are still backpackers, and we couldn’t justify spending 90RMB (18CAD) to see a garden to which hoards of Chinese tourists flocked. The vibe wasn’t appropriate. Instead, we followed Goats on the Road’s advice and cycled over to the Couples' Retreat Garden a few streets away. Tucked away by a small canal, we knew this was a garden we’d have to visit, quieter than the others and much less costly. Standard entrance was 25RMB (and a half-off discount with my ISIC student card). Despite some groups of microphone-led tour groups, it was infinitely more peaceful than the other sites in Suzhou.
We even spied some cheeky lovers hanging out in some of the more secluded areas of the property. Suzhou truly is a city of romance. The Couple's Retreat Garden, especially, is a place to tread lightly, to speak softly, to listen to the cicadas hum and the birds chirp and forget about the outside world.

A place to tread lightly, to speak softly, to listen to the cicadas hum and the birds chirp and forget about the outside world


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