Classical Chinese garden design, which seeks to recreate natural landscapes in miniature, is one of the 2 main garden arts  genres in the world. Many ancient classical gardens scattered in the Yangtze River Delta are the representative of Chinese Garden Arts, and among them, the 9 gardens in the historic city of Suzhou listed in the UNESCO World Heritage are regarded as the finest embodiments of Chinese “Mountain and Water” gardens. Their names are: the Humble Administrator’s Garden, Lingering Garden, the Master-of-Nets Garden, the Mountain Villa with Embracing Beauty, the Canglang Pavilion, the Lion Forest Garden (or translated as Lion Grove Garden), the Garden of Cultivation, the Couple’s Garden Retreat, and the Retreat & Reflection Garden (except the last one which is in Tongli, a small town near Suzhou, other 8 gardens are in the ancient Suzhou city proper.). Dating from the 11th-19th century, the above 9 gardens reflect the profound metaphysical importance of natural beauty in Chinese culture in their meticulous design - Valued by UNESCO World Heritage Website.
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