Yuyuan Garden (Happy Garden) is one of the highlights of Shanghai. It is believed to have been built in the Ming Dynasty, more than 400 years ago, with an exquisite layout and beautiful scenery.
The inner and outer gardens were both built in the Ming Dynasty classical style, with numerous rock and tree garden areas, ponds, dragon-lined walls and zigzagging bridges separating various garden areas and pavilions.
It is in the center of Shanghai's Old City, a few blocks south of the Bund.
What to See
The garden has a total area of about two hectares (five acres) with more than 40 attractions. It includes some halls and other buildings of interest.
The antiques on show include century-old furniture, calligraphy and paintings from famous artists, clay sculptures, and brick carvings as well as some inscriptions and couplets.
Exquisite Jade Rock is one of the highlights of the garden. It is a 5-ton, porous, beautifully-shaped rock, which is said to have been carried from Taihu (Tai Lake) in Wuxi, Jiangsu province.
An interesting legend is that the rock was found some 1000 years ago, and was originally one of Song Emperor Huizong's private collections before it ended up in Yu Garden.
The surrounding bazaar area has good shopping opportunities for traditional Chinese products, gold, and jewels.
Recommended Shanghai Tours
Hi Drkarsoum, you can visit Suzhou which is about 110km, 0.5hr by bullet train. Or Hangzhou which is about180km, 1.5hrs by bullet train. Suzhou is famous for its gardens, while Hangzhou for the amazing natural scenery.Whitney Liao Replied on 2012-09-25
Hi Yasser, there are 3 intercontinental hotels in Shanghai, not sure which on you will be staying. The highlight attractions in Shanghai are Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Shanghai Museum and Oriental Pearl TV Tower. It's suggested you visit these attractions by taxi. It will be convenient.
Wish you a nice journey!Nora Ou Replied on 2012-07-22
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