Classical Gardens of Suzhou



ChinaAsia and the PacificSuzhou City, Jiangsu ProvinceN31 19 0 E120 27 0199720001227CulturalTo represent a masterpiece of human creative geniusTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape designTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappearedTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human historyTo be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement; land-use; or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures); or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible changeHousingManagement systems/ management planInterpretative and visitation facilitiesLegal framework813http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/813http://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=813Classical Chinese garden design, which seeks to recreate natural landscapes in miniature, is nowhere better illustrated than in the nine gardens in the historic city of Suzhou. They are generally acknowledged to be masterpieces of the genre. Dating from the 11th-19th century, the gardens reflect the profound metaphysical importance of natural beauty in Chinese culture in their meticulous design.World Heritage Site
CountryChina
UNESCO RegionAsia and the Pacific
LocationSuzhou City, Jiangsu Province
CoordinatesN31 19 0 E120 27 0
Inscription Date1997
Extension2000
Property (ha)12
Buffer Zone (ha)27
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a traditional human settlement; land-use; or sea-use which is representative of a culture (or cultures); or human interaction with the environment especially when it has become vulnerable under the impact of irreversible change
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
All ThreatsInterpretative and visitation facilities
All ThreatsLegal framework
Unesco Reference Number813
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/813
State of Conservation Reporthttp://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=813
DescriptionClassical Chinese garden design, which seeks to recreate natural landscapes in miniature, is nowhere better illustrated than in the nine gardens in the historic city of Suzhou. They are generally acknowledged to be masterpieces of the genre. Dating from the 11th-19th century, the gardens reflect the profound metaphysical importance of natural beauty in Chinese culture in their meticulous design.
StatusWorld Heritage Site