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.
The Actual garden, which i never been in becasue it is too crowded, isn't even noticable next to the shopping bazaar that has developed around it. If your interested in getting souveniors and trinckets then that is teh place to go, or to try the various american franchises in china such as starbucks and mcdonalds. Oh but there is somethign that is a must try...the shanghai dumplings...I duno the name of the restaurant but the dumplings there are superb. The wait for the order window ont he first floor can cost you around an hour so i recommend going inside and paying more or if that is busy you can go upstairs and pay even more or one more flight to pay the max. from what i remember, the prices go from 8, 12, 20, 40 from floor to floor.
the yu gardens are a beautiful example of a traditional chinese garden, right in the middle of shanghai. surrounding the gardens are a bunch of shops selling souvenirs and arts and crafts. there is also a tea house outside the garden. inside is an amazingly tranquil beautiful space that i love walking around in. i was lucky enough to get a guided tour of the gardens the first time i visited, and if you can arrange this, it will really enhance your appreciation of the gardens. in addition, there are artisans who are skilled in various traditional arts--most very painstaking and detailed. you can watch them practice their craft and then purchase the artwork from them. really interesting.
Guys, if you decide to visit Chinese classical gardens, Shanghai is the worst place to go, and in contrast, the city of Suzhou, and the town of Zhouzhuang, both of which are only one hour's drive from the big city (nothing but people) offers the best appreication of traditional Chinese culture.
We enjoyed the Yu Yuan Gardens when we visted Shanghai, China in
September 2003, despite the crowd. We would love to go back and spend more time in the beautiful gardens when, and if, it would be less crowded with tourists.
This is a must-see in Shanghai. Located in the Old Town area of the city, the Yu Gardens are a wonderful example of classic Chinese gardens. I've visited it in the spring and in the fall, and each season brings a new aspect of the gardens.
Close by is a shopping area where you can get good prices on tea and teapots, as well as typical Chinese souvenirs.
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