Yuyuan, or Yu Garden, is the perfect embodiment of Chinese architectural style. This classical garden located in the center of Shanghai, the landscape landscaping design precision, planning emphasis on feng shui with an asymmetrical design and landscaping elements used interchangeably. The park has pavilions, bridges and many secluded trails, which, all adds up to making the area another of the must-visit places in Shanghai.
Yuyuan Garden was built 400 years ago by a private owner, Pan Yunduan and as legend has it, was a place for his parents to spend their days in peace. The garden was handed down through the family until it changed hands and was restored in 1956 and opened to the public in 1961.
At the time, Yuyuan Garden design is very difficult because of the limited space and lack of funds. Due to lack of funds, Yuyuan took 28 years to be completed. But don’t let the small size fool you, it’s packed with unique attractions consisting of pavilions, halls, rockeries, and ponds. There are six main scenic areas here: Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall and the Inner Garden. A key feature of the garden is the Exquisite Jade Rock.
Here is a map of the garden area and a map of the shopping area (the first map comes courtesy of China Connection Tours). Click for larger images.
You can spend several hours here, navigating the garden and its interesting nooks and crannies, and the traditional architecture of the surrounding buildings which are filled with stores, mostly touristy, but interesting regardless. Do note that this area gets busy on weekends and public holidays. Shops will be open at night but the garden attractions will be closed.
Getting There: Take Metro Line 10 to Yuyuan Station. Exit 1.
40 RMB (Apr.1-Jun. 30; Sep.1-Nov.30)
30 RMB (Jul. 1-Aug.31; Dec.1-the next Mar.31)
Children under 6 free.
Opening Hours: 8:30 – 16:45
Address: 137 Anren Jie, near Fuyou Lu. 豫园, 安仁街137号, 近福佑路
Chinese Name: 豫园
Yu Garden Gallery