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    the Lingering Garden is one of the four famous gardens in China, situated at Liuyuan Road outside Changmen, Suzhou City.
    The 21th year of the reign of Wanli (1593 A.D.) in the Ming Dynasty, Xu Taishi (1540 A.D.-1598 A.D.) carrying the ministerial title of Tai Pu Si Shao Qing, built his garden-house called the East Garden. According to what the famous literary man Yuan Hongdao (1568 A.D. - 1610 A.D.) said in his A Record of Gardens, “The East Garden has magnificent multi-storeyed front houses and rear halls, and a range of awe-inspiring stone mountains built by the well-known master Zhou Bingzhong, resembling a long scroll of landscape painting.”
    The garden belonged to the Lius in the 59th year of the reign of Qianlong (1794 A.D.) in Qing Dynasty. It was expanded, repaired, and renamed “the Hanbi Villa” in the 3rd year of the reign of Jiaqing (1798 A.D.) in Qing Dynasty. As it was located in Huabu Alley, the garden got another name “A Little Structure of Huabu”. Popularly it was known as “the Liu Garden”. In teh 12th year of the reign of Tongzhi (1873 A.D.) in Qing Dynasty, it was purchased, expanded and repaired by the Shengs, who gave it a new name “the Lingering Garden”, meaning “lingering between Heaven and Earth forever”. Also “lingering” in Chinese sounds similar to “Liu”, the surname of the former owner. In the 2nd year of the reign of Guangxu (1876 A.D.) in Qing Dynasty, the famous Confucian scholar Yu Yue wrote “A Record of the Lingering Garden”.

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