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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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  • This is a wonderful old garden hidden in the middle of the busy city. The garden itself is a quiet place surrounded by busy streets, many stores and even more tourists. The garden has a rich history a...  more »
  • This is not the easiest place to get to as there are no signs once you go out of Exit 1 at Yuyuan Garden Station. If you turn right you will eventually come across a signpost trail which will lead you...  more »
  • Very well presented example of old style chinese village life. A little hard on the feet to negotiate for an older person but well worth the effort.  more »
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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.