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Yu Garden (Yuyuan), Shanghai

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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Visitors flock to Yu Garden (Yuyuan) to wander the winding paths between lakes, over bridges, and through pagodas. This garden, built by an officer of the Ming dynasty in 1559, remains best known for its elaborate towers, pavilions, exhibit halls, and many water features. Stop at the tea house for a snack and to watch the fish, turtles, and tourists roaming different sections of the garden. Put Yu Garden (Yuyuan) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Shanghai vacation route planner.
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  • A nice an relaxing atmosphere- you garden is well kept and also you can meet sanding Chinese people in the morning. 
  • Had a great time wandering around. It was very crowded with people stopping to take selfies randomly...but still a must do. The architecture is beautiful and the shops have something for everyone's ta...  read more »
  • I found this garden with adjoining areas between things more cute and original Shanghai, definitely should be seen
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  • If you wanna get off the crowd in the market and have some peace and quiet (assuming the chinese mob did not invade this place), you can come here and admire the old garden of a very rich person from before. I just think there should be more signs and information about the structures in order to better appreciate them. There's a pond with a walk way in the middle good for photo taking (looks like in chinese ancient dramas). Insinde there is also an art exhibit. There was this artist that I really like too bad I forgot the name. There is also a dance stage. Overall you can finish this in 30mins if you are in a hurry Visited September 2015
  • A delightfully preserved traditional Chinese garden well worth the visit. Take your time looking around and enjoying the tranquility of the quiet and serenity.
  • Well designed garden originally for civil dwellings only. Over its 400 years' existence, this property has been changed hands many times. Once it served as the commanding den by anti-Qing-dynasty militant group named Small Sword Society. Nowadays it is a busy mart attracting both the locals and tourists. Bargaining is a must-have skill when buying something from the shops there.
  • My wife and I toured here in April 2009. YuYuan shopping area is open but if you want to visit the YuYuan Chinese Garden you will have to buy an entrance ticket. This Garden is one of the most famous tourist attractions among Chinese. The Garden was built in 1559 during the reign of Emperor Jiajing, from the Ming Dynasty. Originally it was the private garden of Pan Yunduan, the governor of Sichuan Province. He built this garden in order to please his parents. That is why the Garden is called Yu, which in Chinese means "peace and health". The garden itself is quite big, it will take more than two hours to visit if not a full day and longer.The architecture of the buildings is very impressive.
  • Really pretty place with little stone corridors amongst traditional Chinese buildings. Very refreshing from the bustling city
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