Yanjia Garden was formerly the "Longshan mountain home" of a great Suzhou scholar of the Qianlong era, a poet by the name of Shen Jiade. In 1902 the garden was purchased by Yan Guoxin who helped a great architect from Xiangshan known as Yao Chengzu to lead a skilled workforce in the garden's renovation. The name was then changed to "Xian Garden", more commonly known as "Yanjia Garden." The garden is made up of four small scenic areas reflecting the four seasons, each with their own distinct characteristics: the spring area centered Yulan Magnolia which used to be widespread in olden times; the summer area made up of large rock gardens; the autumn area which is suitable for uphill hiking with its sweet osmanthus plants; and the winter area which displays its creative inspiration from the subtle fragrance of a plum blossom. Beyond the winter area there is also a new garden where people can experience the natural scenery with its patchwork of trickling waterways.