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 vacation route planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Thought there will be less crowd on a weekday but no! The crowd was insane and to be honest, didn't get to enjoy the beautiful garden very much, but I guess that's just something you have to tolerate ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    You can find any thing around this beautiful place! Don't forget to try street foods! Crab dumpling ! I never forget the taste of these food! At the day and night both are nice place for visiting time...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    this is near the old town. there is a tea house nearby which is worth the wait. great view of the mob of people plus great tea. the garden is worth the fee, neat design.  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    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.
  • July 1, 2017
    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.
  • June 15, 2017
    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 😍
  • June 19, 2017
    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.
  • June 22, 2017
    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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