Yu Garden (Yuyuan), Shanghai

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#1 of 90 in Parks in Shanghai
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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  • Of course we visited Shanghai in winter so definitely not the best time d a point of view flowering. The garden was nice but nothing more
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  • For the so-called tourist souvenir shopping. I enjoy hanging out with Chinese landscape. But did not find what I buy.
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  • The garden itself is very beautiful, a piece of Chinese garden architecture of the past. But there are thousands of tourists and they are climbing on each stone or garden bench, they are feeding the C...  more »
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  • A must see in Shanghai. If you’re looking for a local food market, this is it. If you’re looking for authentic historic architecture, this is it. If you’re looking for old town Shanghai, this is it. Close to the metro line and even walkable from the Bong.
  • From the photos I had seen, in particular of one of the tea houses on site, I had expected a tranquil experience of classic Chinese landscaping. Though the beauty was there, the crowds were as well and the experience was very different from expected. Definitely worth a visit but be prepared for crowds, even in the off season in bad weather, which is when we went. (We were also there on a Sunday, which would be a contributing factor; try a weekday if you can.) The garden is surrounded (inundated?) by souvenir shops, street food stalls, etc., but that appears par for the course.
  • My wife was more excited to be here than me. But we still had a good time. Lots of nature. Come here in the early morning otherwise its way too crowded and might ruin the experience for you. Still very peaceful in some areas.
  • I had a long layover at Pudong, and made it over to the garden just fine. I can't lie, it was pretty filthy though. I'm not an expert on Chinese culture, so I may have misunderstood, but the people at the food stalls were extremely rude as well. It was sad to see the homeless people, too. I gave some food to one that was at the garden. On a brighter note, the markets nearby were really neat! The architecture was interesting to see Starbucks and Dairy Queen nestled in the area, too.
  • You can easily spend here entire day! Lots to see and to do, my favorite garden in Shanghai, want to come back one day! Lots of food and entertainment for all family

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