Heyuan Garden is a fun garden to get lost
in. Built in 1883, its maze of buildings and residences
adapt some Western architectural styles, yet retain
a nostalgic late Qing era feel.
This deep, rocky, and elegant place is an
intricate weaving of gardens and crimson buildings meshed
with buildings within buildings and gardens surrounding
gardens. Heyuan Garden emits the feeling of the sun
before a rain shower.
There is a certain mystery to the grounds,
as finding yourself lost within a forest of towering
stones is nearly guaranteed.
A few hundred year old trees cast a long
shadow over the two story buildings and lotus ponds,
while smaller trees emerge from the rocks and walkways
to flower in the spring. Stepping into Heyuan Garden
is an escape, and then exiting back out onto the busy
street outside will feel like an unfamiliar world. It
also lies in a great part of town for street browsing
and alley wandering with a great Korean restaurant (Ah
Li Lang) just a short walk north of the entrance.