The 400-year-old Yu Yuan Gardens were built in the Ming Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Jia Jin. Recognized as a ... More
The 400-year-old Yu Yuan Gardens were built in the Ming Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Jia Jin. Recognized as a significant national heritage site, the Gardens are a remarkable representation of a southern Chinese-style garden. Visitor highlights include the Jade Exquisiteone of the three most famous jade stones in East China. A shopping bazaar has developed around the attraction. Loud, bustling and full of character, tourists can brush up on their bargaining skills as they shop for souvenirs and gifts.
Yu Yuan Gardens is a beautiful Chinese garden with shopping right outside its gates. Problem is, every single province in China has gardens like this. Hang Zhou has "West Lake" for example - which is far more interesting because it isn't surrounded by a concrete jungle.
The tour guides aren't very good here and you may have to have your own translator come with you. Yu Yuan Gardens should hire Americans/Westerners as tour guides to supplement the Chinese native guides.
Loved this place for its beautiful gardens . The shops around this place are a must for those who like chinese paintings and embroidery . One must bargain . I picked up a few paintings and chinese embroidery on silk and have framed them , simply awesome .
There are a lot fancy but inexpensive staff here. Pearls, silk bags, beautifully painted funs, everything that you heard you should take home from China. Bargin really hard, if you are not sure whether you're ripped off, it is a good idea to consult alive assistance from Yoyoor, they are real China expert. With their help, I really enjoyed my shopping experience.
TASTE OF PUDDING IS IN EATING
ONE MUST KNOW HOW TO BARGAIN THEN AGAIN LOOKOUT AS THE DEALERS KNOWS THAT YOU ARE TOURISTS AND WILL NORMALLY NOT COMING BACK FOR REPLACEMENT OR EXCHANGES EVEN IF SOME FAULT IS FOUND
THUS BE CAREFUL
We went on a Sunday which is the busiest day for everything in China, so the line to get in was quite long. The shops surrounding the gardens were very crowded and busy as well. Many people would be put off by the crowds, but for us, that made it even better. It was exciting and unique and very beautiful. Had lunch at the tea house in the middle of the gardens. The food was outstanding. All in all an exceptional experience. FYI when shopping pay about 30-40% of the asking price on everything for sale in tourist areas, haggling is a way of life in China so don't be timid when buying.
I'm sure that it really is a lovely garden, but our tour, although guided, was an absolute nightmare.
It happened to coincide with China's National Holiday Week, the Special Olympics and the Shanghai Grand Prix. It was so unbelievably crowded that it was scary. Not only were there thousands of international tourists, but many thousands of domestic visitors too.
Tempers became very frayed when domestic and international tourists fought for positions to be able to see and take photos....try for a much quieter time is my advice.
The sad thing is that I can only remember how awful it was, not how beautiful it was.
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