Posted by: travelrat | June 1, 2015

Master of the Nets Garden

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Suzhou: May 21st 2014.

The ‘Master of the Nets’ garden is the smallest of the many gardens in Suzhou which, together, constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I did a little more research, and discovered that they were first laid out in the 12th Century, as the garden of the residence of a Government official. It is said to have gained its name in the 18th Century, when the house and gardens were owned by retired Government official Song Zong Yuan.

He is said to have been so frustrated with official bureaucracy that he once said that he would prefer the simple, uncomplicated life of a fisherman.

It’s not known whether or not he actually achieved this ambition … indeed, the whole tale is apocryphal … but the nickname of the official, and the gardens, stuck.

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