For a refuge from the hustle of Shanghai, visit the Yu Garden, 豫园, located a short distance from the Bund.
Dating first to the Ming Dynasty, Yuyuan was an important part of Shanghai long before the foreign concessions began and Shanghai grew into a world metropolis. It remains an ideal spot to appreciate classical Chinese architecture and garden design. Though the general area is not extensive, the many winding pathways between hidden gardens allow you to spend a long time walking. Or choose a comfortable place to sit and take in the many views compactly arranged around you.
Regular tickets are ¥40; show your ID when buying.
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An oasis in the city centre.
Travel through time by taking a walk in Yu Garden, a traditional Classical Gardens of Suzhou.
These gardens standardised many of the key features of classical Chinese garden design with constructed landscapes mimicking natural scenery of rocks, hills and rivers with strategically located pavilions and pagodas.
The elegant aesthetics and subtlety of these scholars' gardens and their delicate style and features are often imitated by various gardens.
Wondering where you can still experience #chinesenewyear 🎇🎇 in #shanghai? Yu Garden is the only classic Chinese garden 🪴 in the central city. Right now you can see beautiful lantern 🏮🏮displays leading up to the #lanternfestival, which falls on the 15th day of the Chinese New Year 🧧 🧧. The garden itself is a small part of the larger complex, which contains main preserved and renovated structures evocative of an old Qing dynasty-era settlement. Make sure you spend some time wandering around the narrow alleyways and exploring the shops. Don't miss the large koi pond 🎏 filled with lanterns as well as the historic teahouse 🫖. Expect there to be lots of people so just relax, take your time, and enjoy this preserved bit of historic Shanghai. 🐂 🐂
We went to see Yu Garden’s special Spring Festival lights on the 3rd day of Chinese New Year (初三)! The whole area was heavily regulated as there were tons of tourists. Loud speakers asking everyone to show their green code and visitors can only move in one direction to control the flow. It was nice and pretty but got very busy at night.
Yu Garden is located in central Shanghai’s Huangpu District, on a spot within the boundaries of former Old City. It is the only classic Chinese garden in the downtown area and was once a private garden for Ming Dynasty officials. The garden covers roughly two hectares and contains various rambling pathways, hidden pavilions, and classic flora. It is a good place to escape the bustling modern city outside. Take note of the hundreds of plaques and inscriptions written by well-known individuals, as well as the park’s collection of stone carvings. Yuyuan Bazaar, located nearby, is good to browse for antiques and souvenirs.