Like most gardens in China - the main entrance is where the residence for the owner of the premises resided. The garden itself was finished in 1912 and took 15 years and 300,000 taels of silver to complete.
There are a good number of Chinese and English translations which explains what is going on around the garden itself. There is also a claim that the garden has numerous western influences, but I did not personally see this. If you wish to see a fantastic blending of Chinese and Western influences in buildings and gardens - then I strongly suggest visited Nanxun in Zhejiang Province.
The Kezhi Garden (or Kezhiyuan) is a large garden and residence which can be found in Zhujiajiao, Shanghai province. It also is the premier attraction of the town apart from the canals outside due to it's similarity to some of the UNESCO listed gardens found in Suzhou in Jiangsu prefecture.
As normal - major attractions have an entrance fee and the Kezhi Garden can be entered with the 30, 60 or 80 yuan combo ticket. People who only want to view the garden are recommended to buy the 30 yuan combo ticket with the other 3 attractions (Qing Pharmacy, Tong Tian He Pharmacy & Humanistic Museum) also worth a visit.
One major thing which should be noted was the apparent lack of large tour groups which are so reminiscent of other water towns found in Jiangsu and Zhejiang province which means you will often see lots of people but there was no large pushy tour groups (Chinese or Western) with large megaphones when I visited.
China Water Towns
The garden itself is broken into numerous sections with the building heavy section being found close to the entrance of the gardens. To the rear is a farming area (with a simple farming exhibition describing how rice is produced) and a series of meandering streams and ponds.
It should be noted that different sections of the garden differ in quality - with this being due to the garden at one point being home to a middle school which has now been relocated. I believe that one of the large ponds and the farming area were these locations.
Some of the other main highlights of the garden is a zigzag bridge which was quite popular in Chinese gardens in the early 1900's along with a pretty pond where you can feed fish. It should be noted that there are many locations which sell fish food for 1 yuan so you can feed the fish to your hearts content.
Last Updated: August 14th 2016