Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai

Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai (must see)

Yuyuan Garden was built 400 years ago during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan, the son of a high ranking official for the recreation of his aging parents. Yuyuan means happy and Pan spent 20 years creating a space for the happiness of his parents.

Yuyuan Garden fell into disrepair after the decline of Pan’s family and was purchased by rich merchants in 1760. The garden was restored to its former glory but suffered damage again during the Opium Wars. In 1956, repairs and restorations were undertaken and it was opened again to the public in 1961.

The garden covers an extent of five acres. It has the oldest and largest rockery in China and three halls, the Cuixiu Hall, the Sansui Hall, and the Dianchun Hall. Other buildings include the Yule Pavilion and the Wanhua Chamber. Visitors can view Ming-dynasty-style rosewood furniture in the halls. A 400-year-old maidenhair tree planted by Pan stands in front of the Wanhua Chamber. The highlight is a large rock called the jade rock. It is a 3.3-meter high rock with 72 holes positioned in such a way that water or smoke sent into one of the holes comes out through all the holes at the same time. The Yuyuan Garden has pavilions, corridors, bridges, streams and a courtyard to make it a calm and relaxing sanctuary within a busy section of the city.

Why You Should Visit:
A terrific initial exposure for those unfamiliar with a Chinese garden, with its elegant structures, hidden bat and dragon features, and huge rockery.
There is less emphasis placed on flora with, rather, more emphasis placed on flow, water, and the harmony of elements.

Tip:
Go early, as closer to the opening hours as possible, to minimize crowds. Later in the day, the lines get very long!
Do take a bottle of water with you, but if not you will find a tea house in the middle of the gardens.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:45am-4:15pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Yuyuan Garden
Sight Location: Shanghai, China
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Walking Tour: Old City of Shanghai   City Orientation Walking Tour II  

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