Guo's Villa (Guo Zhuang)

Attraction 28 Yanggongdi Xihu, Hangzhou, Zhejiang China Published on: 20-08-2016

1 hours 30 mins
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
Second-time visit
1.47 USD

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Guo’s Villa originally was a private classical garden of Guo family in Hangzhou. Today, Guozhuang garden is one of classical gardens in Hangzhou and under the provincial level protection.

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Why Guo's Villa (Guo Zhuang) is special ?

Guo's Villa (also Guo Zhuang Scenic Spot, or Guozhuang Garden) is the best existing traditional private residence in Hangzhou. It was built in late Qing Dynasty. With a mountain in the back and the west lake in the front, the garden is known as 'Number One Garden of the West Lake' thanks to its tranquil environment, well-preserved buildings, and tasteful landscaping layout. The key feature, or spirit, is water. Cleverly juxtaposing shade and light, curved and straight, yin and yang, the garden of Guo Zhuang is a wonderful embodiment of the Chinese wisdom of Taoism and the Way of Nature.


What to explore at Guo's Villa (Guo Zhuang)?

Guozhuang Garden is mainly divided into four parts – the large lake, the small lake, the rockeries and residential area and the West Lake area. Within the garden, two separated lakes in the garden present different views. The bigger lake appears flat and spacious with a slab zigzag bridge and a long corridor. The smaller one is circled by the pavilions and rockeries and residential area.

Guo’s Villa is a walking-friendly maze of winding roofed corridors, mansions, pagodas, rockeries and soothing floras. Bringing a piece of nature, in a natural way, into an enclosed living space, is the main principle of traditional Chinese gardening south of the Yangtze River. The “Borrowing Scenery” technique, achieved through myriad ornate windows, full moon-shaped doors, and strategically placed corridors, is loyally observed here.


How to get to Guo's Villa (Guo Zhuang)?

You may take the tourist bus no.1 or 2 and get off at the stop of Huanpu (花圃) and walk there. You may also add it to your circular walk along the West Lake after your stroll along the Lotus Breeze in the Curved Garden.


Selling points

  • One of classical gardens in Hangzhou
  • Quite well furnished indoors
  • Good site to review the traditional aesthetics of Hangzhou
  • One of the most beautiful private gardens
  • Like a soul's retreat off the West Lake
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28 Yanggongdi Xihu, Hangzhou, Zhejiang China

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Tips for you

  • Guo's Villa is at the breathtakingly best during the plum blossom period, Chinese rose and lotus exhibition, that is, from every Feb to Mar and May to June.
  • From Guo's Villa, by walking you can visit other attractions like Breeze-ruffled Lotus in the Crooked Courtyard, Leifeng Pagoda, Hangzhou Flower Nursery, Yanggong Causeway.
    Things nearby
  • There are five stone chairs placed in the two open air waterfront patios offering resting spots for the tired legs. It is impossible to get a chair at waterfront during weekends, unless you come very early (make it at 8:00am).
    What to know
  • There's a pool spanned by a Nine-bend Bridge near the door of this villa. You can feed the well-fed carps by biscuits.
    Things to do


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Guo's Villa, as it is more accurately called in all Hangzhou's tourist brochures, was a stately villa built on the shores of West Lake in 1861 for a Qing Dynasty silk merchant, Guo Zhuang. It is a wonderful example of the Chinese skill in blending the man-made with the natural surrounds to create a peaceful and harmonious environment. The villa consists of several buildings, surrounded and interlocked with gardens, many of which look across the waters of West Lake. The two whimsical names "Living in Quietness", which was Guo's residential quarter, and "Sky in the Mirror" describing the gardens. Guo must have been a rich man, but I still wonder how he managed to pay for the heating in winter. We nearly froze to death. There is an entrance fee of 20 yuan, but it is worth it.

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