Visitors flock to Yu Garden (Yuyuan) to wander the winding paths between lakes, over bridges, and through pagodas. This garden, built by an officer of the Ming dynasty in 1559, remains best known for its elaborate towers, pavilions, exhibit halls, and many water features. Stop at the tea house for a snack and to watch the fish, turtles, and tourists roaming different sections of the garden. Put Yu Garden (Yuyuan) on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Shanghai trip itinerary app.
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Yu Garden (Yuyuan) reviews
This traditional Chinese garden / park is really beautiful, and well worth a visit. It is a very popular destination, so it gets packed on weekends. Come early to beat the crowds. more »
The Lantern Festival at Yu Gardens is still worth seeing, even though the decorations are scaled down a bit. Note the times of a 10 minute show, when things get a bit crowded. more »
It is a must see when visiting Shanghai. It has lots of shops and places to eat. In the evening there are now singers. Dancers etc. who perform short traditional pieces for the public. It is electrifying. Recently Starbucks opened two locations there. Touristy stuff aside, the architecture is marvellous and deserves a trip just to absorb its beauty. To maximize your experience try to take in the gardens at night as it is truly magical and sets off the architecture wonderfully. Warning! If you like architectural photography you may not want to leave. Planning note: It is two short city blocks from the Bund waterfront and a block from the subway.
This place is just plain fun. The best dumpling shop in Shanghai is here but the line are atrocious. Lots of good places to snack and eat. You have slightly better chance of getting something authentic in the shops here but the chance is only slightly better and the prices are high.
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