The Humble Administrator Garden is considered to be the finest garden in southern China. The garden's site was initially the residence and garden of Lu Guimeng - a Tang Dynasty scholar. Later it became part of the Dahong Temple. In 1513 Wang Xiancheng an Imperial Envoy and poet of the Ming Dynasty appropriated the temple. When he retired in 1510 to his native Suzhou after long service in the East Imperial Secret Service he began work on this garden in collaboration with the renowned artist Wen Zhengming. The garden was named after a verse by Pan Yue's poem "Idler's Prose". This verse symbolized Wang's desire to retire from politics and adopt a hermits life.