Yuyuan Garden

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218 Anren st., Shanghai, China

Yuyuan Garden Shanghai Reviews

sobibo sobibo
5 reviews
Must Not Miss this Garden Nov 03, 2010
In the middle of the city, there's this garden wherein you'll see a lot of high-rise buildings that are styled in the olden Chinese architectural fashion. This is a go-to place for the tourists, that's why there will always be foreigners or groups of people taking pictures in this area. There's also a small bridge and a pond.

You'll almost feel like you've been transported back to the Ming Dynasty.

Plus, besides the sights, there are also a lot of people selling local food, fast food, even Starbucks! A definite must-try is the xiao long bao. Yes, the line might be a little too long for just a little pork bun, but it's definitely worth it! For sure! You could also eat it inside the restaurant, to get to enjoy the view while eating.

Lastly, there are numerous of little stores around that sell tea, local delicacies, which you can take home with you. I suggest buying beef jerky. They have it in small packs that you could give away as presents to your family back home. :)

And oh! Just walking distance from Yu Garden is the Yu Fashion Garden, which houses stores like H&M, Bershka, Pull and Bear and Zara! :D
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Johnpro Johnpro
208 reviews
An original Feng shui ! Aug 13, 2010
An original Feng shui place for a quiet walk and some relax time !

Yuyuan literally translated means Happy Garden. It is located in the center of Shanghai's Old City, a few blocks south of the Bund. It has a total area of about two hectares (five acres) and more than 40 attractions The inner and outer gardens were both built in the Ming Dynasty classical style, with numerous rock and tree garden areas, ponds, dragon-lined walls and numerous doorways and zigzagging bridges separating the various garden areas and pavilions.

The garden covers a significant space and includes a few halls and other buildings of interest. Its cultural relics include: century-old furniture, calligraphy and paintings of famous artists, clay sculptures and brick carvings, some inscriptions and couplets.

Some relax pictures available :)
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Johnpro says:
cool and quiet place :)
Posted on: Dec 06, 2011
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Posted on: Dec 05, 2011
crystalevans crystale…
24 reviews
Chinese Private Garden -- Yu yuan Garden Dec 07, 2009
Yuyuan Garden, located in the center of Shanghai's Old Town and next door to Mandarin Gardens Bazaar, is considered one of the the city's finest, most lavish Chinese gardens. A traditional private Chinese garden park, Yuyuan Garden is replete with beautiful pavilions (it has some 30 Ming (CE 1368-1644) and Qing (CE 1644-1911) Dynasty pavilions), lotus ponds, stone bridges and - of course - rock formations. The garden park was built in typical Suzhou style (i.e., the city of Suzhou in Jiangsu Province, not the city of Suzhou in Anhui Province) in CE 1559, during the reign (CE 1521-1566) of Emperor Jiajing of the Ming Dynasty by a former treasurer of Sichuan Province, Pan Yunduan, in honor of his father. Considered the best garden in Southeast China, Yuyuan Garden has maintained its classic beauty over the centuries.

Yuyuan Garden is believed to be built in the Ming Dynasty more than 400 years ago. Built in traditional Chinese style with numerous rock and tree garden areas, ponds, dragon-lined walls and numerous doorways and zigzagging bridges separating the various garden areas and pavilions.

The garden park includes such highlights as the Hall of Jade Magnificence, the Hall of Heralding Spring, the Gathering the Moon Pavilion, the Pavilon of Spring, the Inner Garden, the Lotus Pool, and the Grand Rockery, to name only a few. The windows of the halls reveal glimpses of trees, ponds, streams and corridors. The eaves of the halls and pavilions are decorated with dragons, dogs and elephants in an amusing arrangement The overall arrangement of the individual elements of the garden, from the placement of the trees and ponds to the halls and pavilions, is carefully planned so as to enhance the garden's harmony and ambience, yet nothing about this arrangement seems forced or unnatural.

In the past over 400 years, Yuyuan was restored and reopened several times. Because of the downfall of Pan's family after Pan Yunduan's death, Yuyuan was slowly out of use and was once in a mess. Although later the garden was renovated by the local rich people, several civil wars in the mid-19th century caused huge damage. In 1956, after Shanghai's liberation, the city government rebuilt the garden and recovered its elegance and beauty. Yuyuan Garden was at last reopened to the public in 1961. Yuyuan Garden's Huxin Ting teahouse is very popular with locals and tourists alike, and there are numerous nearby kiosks and stalls that sell delicious Chinese snacks and desserts.
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Chokk Chokk
1727 reviews
Mar 15, 2007
Walking around in the noise and hectic town of Shanghai I was happy to find a small spot of the ancient China that were much more evident in Beijing. The Yuyuan Garden is a tranquil refugee. I found the place very calm and maybe we were lucky that the garden was't that full of co-travellers but it actually gave me some more energy to hit the city again afterwards. The garden are not that big but if you have a curious mind the details are amazing.

The base of the garden is quite old - it was apparently founded in 1559-1577. The area around the garden are today a Chinese feast in merchandise and the acticity here is the totally opposite of the garden.
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Chokk says:
Yes - you should - it was a very nice place and I found that it was on of the few ancient places in Shanghai
Posted on: Oct 28, 2008
Aquedita says:
Thanks for the review. I have to go there while in Shanghai :)
Posted on: Oct 28, 2008
pacovera pacovera
64 reviews
Jul 26, 2006
It is the center of the old Shanghai. Constructed by Pan Yunduan (s. XVI) with the idea to avoid to his old parents traveling to Beijing to know the gardens imperial. This garden is where better it has been able to combine the vegetation with the pavilions, stones and pools. Es el centro del Shanghai antiguo. Construido por Pan Yunduan (s XVI) con la idea de evitar a sus ancianos padres el viajar a Beijing para conocer los jardines imperiales. Este jardín es donde mejor se ha conseguido combinar la vegetación con los pabellones, piedras y estanques.
Yuyuan Garden
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pacovera says:
Hello Amanda
If you to go visit Suzhou and theirs gardens, this is no the best. Sorry my english.
Posted on: Sep 10, 2006
Amanda says:
What did you think of this garden? Would you recommend spending time there?

Thank you so much for all of your recent reviews around Shanghai. It is an area I am very intersted in!!
Posted on: Sep 06, 2006

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