Yu Garden (Yuyuan), Shanghai

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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 trip itinerary app .
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  • If you want a fast set of great photos, this is the place to come! Not as busy as the surrounding streets as you have to pay a small entry fee, which is well worth it!  more »
  • This place has the spirit of China, here you can buy souvenirs that you want. Market type is so you have to be ready to compare prices and bargain when you can.
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  • You're going through another period of time. Must-see gardens, Dragon's House. Many input and output of the Yu Garden Gift shop. Tea houses, and many in the restaurant.
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  • So I have mixed feelings about the garden. I first came during National Holiday, when if I could see the ground for the feet of all the people, it was a rare occasion. So it can get *really* crowded, is what I'm saying. But when it isn't crowded, it's also really peaceful and enjoyable. All of the stonework and the interplay between the stone, buildings, and ponds is really beautiful. You can see why it was a favorite of artists and philosophers. One of my favorite parts is the attention to detail. All of the little flourishes shows people really cared about this place. I love the dragon walls, for instance. There is some information in English, but most of the reason to come is to enjoy a brief respite from the glittering buildings and lights of the modern city. That being said, bring a piece of the modern city with you-your smartphone, so you can take a picture of the map. Otherwise you're gonna feel like you're in a maze.
  • A big disappointment. A few rooms with traditional furniture. You see one, you see all. The garden comprises of a few ordinary ponds with Koi fishes and linking passageways. No exit sign or directional signs to guide you. With the daily thousands of visitors and collections, I think the place is due for upgrading. However, the shops outside the Yu garden is interesting - it's a food galore.
  • One of my favorite place in Shanghai! not only an incredible huge scenic garden but also the entire area, with plenty of shops, restaurants, food stalls and the foodcourt! best time is afternoon so you can enjoy also the evening atmosphere with the unique lights, very romantic place 😍
  • First built in 1559 during Ming dynasty. Exquisite garden with beautiful architectures, pond, and rockery. Great for photo shooting and relaxing. Must visit attraction in Shanghai (highlights: Jade Rock, Ancient Stage, Dragon Wall, and Yangshang Hall). 1 hour + and ¥40 per person.
  • Horrible and greedy! They tear down almost all of the complex surrounding, seal off the remaining, and charge you to enter! Not worth your money. Recommend going to other smaller Chinese cities.

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