Enchanting, mystic, with tranquility and serenity, the Couple’s Retreat Garden is most certainly heaven on earth. Named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO the garden dates back to the year 1874 and beautifully portrays the classical Chinese garden culture. Covering an area of 11 mu (1.81 acres) Ou Yuan has a medley of landscape treasures, be it mountains, water, rockeries, ancient trees or gorgeous flowers; Ou Yuan has it all. Some exotic works of architecture are also featured through the fine pavilions, towers and halls, which give visitors an authentic taste of classical China.
The layout of the garden is well designed and features two gardens on the east and the west ends. In the middle there stands a picturesque mansion with smaller houses by its side. Surrounded by water on 3 sides the garden can be accessed directly from the canal giving tourists a beautiful prologue to enjoying this tale of classical serenity. The eastern garden is the first attraction that welcomes you as you walk through the gates of the garden; a natural splendour, the garden consists of beautiful hills and ponds with sparkling water. The Chengqu Thatched Cottage is also featured here along with a series of towers and exquisite pavilions that must not be missed.
The ultimate must see spot with unmatched scenic beauty remains the Yellow Stone Rockeries. A man made hill yet containing many natural wonders, its exquisite landscape which combines stone and water makes it simply outstanding in the whole of Ou Yuan. The western garden too has its fine features. ‘The Old House’ and the library are interesting places to visit but here too it is the enchanting flower gardens and the mystical caves that give it the beautiful serene surroundings that it is so popularly known for. All in all these gardens gracefully depict a couple retreating from city life into a blissful haven to enjoy this tranquillity together.
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