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Yu-Gardens Shanghai Reviews

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An oasis and trip to the past in the centre of Shanghai Apr 01, 2014
Downtown Shanghai is loud, crowded, noisy, full of high-rises made of an endless supply of concrete. As with every stereotype, here's your counter example. An oasis of tranquility that lets you forget about everything for a while. Of course, you make it through a shopping center around the metro station (with lots of actually quite nice artisan stores, but even more people), but it's so worth it.

Yu Garden was born in an entirely different time (1559), in the latter part of the Ming dynasty when China was still the most advanced civilization in the world, but had made the unfortunate choice to turn inward. The garden suffered tremendously during the First Opium war and hosted the meeting place of the Small Swords Society that supported the Taiping rebellion against the Emperor in the 1850s and 1860s.

But even if you don't care about Chinese history - the garden's magnificent design, grown over centuries, provides plenty of spots for rest and contemplation, to relax and wonder about what happened here. And if you pick the right spot, you can see Pudong's huge skyscrapers - right behind a tree that stood there for nearly 500 years.
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