The Surging Wave Pavilion

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The Surging Wave Pavilion, or Great Wave Pavilion located at 3 Canglangting Street of Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China. It is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Surging Wave Pavilion
Surging Wave Pavilion

Layout of The Surging Wave Pavilion

Covering an area of 10,656 square meters (1.1 hectares), the garden features well-arranged man-made hills and waters. On the stream winding through the garden, elegant stone bridges are built. On the hills, there are age-old trees and bamboo groves.

Surging Wave Pavilion
Surging Wave Pavilion

Canglanging, a square pavilion, stands at the top of a hill. Couplets carved on its stone pillars read: "The refreshing breeze and the bright moon are priceless; The nearby water and the distant mountains strike a sentimental note." A corridor built by the canal lies in the north of the garden, linking the scenes inside the garden with that outside it.

Surging Wave Pavilion
Surging Wave Pavilion

Mingdao (Enlightened Way) Hall, located at the foot of the hills, is the major building of the garden. It was a hall for lectures during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Surrounded by verdant trees, it looks significant, though the structure is of simple architectural style.

Surging Wave Pavilion
Surging Wave Pavilion

In addition to hills and waters, the garden is also famous for buildings with unique latticed windows. With different impressive designs, these windows have extremely high artistic value.

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