Mudu, a historic cultural town, is located at the foot of Linyan Hill in the west of Suzhou. She, surrounded by quiet, delicate landscape and connected to the Taihu Lake through lots of waterways, wins a good reputation of superb grace and elegance. Two clear and charming rivers, Xiangxi River and Xujiang River, wind their ways through the peaceful and beautiful town. It’s recorded that Fucai, the Emperor of the ancient Wu County 2500 years ago, especially had his Guanwa Palace built here for his queen Xishi, one of the Four Beauties in the history of China. In addition, Qianlong, Emperor of Qing Dynasty had been to this beautiful town six times.
Mudu is the only ancient town worth the reputation of Chinese garden town. Her architectural style is unique among so many old towns south of the Yangzi River. She has more than 30 private gardens during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, including Yan Family Residence, Hongyin Villa, Ancient Pine Garden and Bangyan mansion. (Bangyan is the second at imperial examinations in the ancient times.) All these gardens have been renovated and open to the public now, among which, Yan Family residence, which used to be the residence of the former Taiwan Politician Mr. YanJiagan is now one of the most famous gardens in China. Hongyin Villa, once the temporary dwelling for Emperor Qianlong in Qing Dynasty, treasures up to 20 original imperial edicts of Qing Dynasty, which are especially rare.
Mudu’s long history civilization, elegant gardens and well- known legends make it the most valuable place of interest for the people in modern times, who are eager to enjoy relaxation and luxury, developing their interests and appreciation.
Let’s approach Mudu Town, stepping into these private gardens with a history of hundreds of years and tasting the classical elegance and leisure in our memory.