Friday, March 07, 2008

Yu Garden Shanghai

Yu Garden, Shanghai豫園

Yu Garden (also known as Yuyuan Garden) is Shanghai's best known public garden. It was completed in 1577 by Pan Yunduan, a government official during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Like Shanghai, the garden has seen its fortunes wax and wan. With the decline of the Pan family, the garden and grounds became run down in the late Ming period. It was purchased in 1760 by local merchants who spent decades refurbishing it.

During the Opium War, the Garden was badly damaged by French forces in the 1840s. The current Garden was most recently restored in the 1950s.

Yu Garden, ShanghaiYu Garden is roughly five acres. In contains many pavilions, ponds, and temple-like structures. It is packed with tourists--but worth the trip.

You enter via a bazaar from Fuyou Road. The bazaar is narrow and teeming with tourists and locals. It is filled with shops selling trinkets and food. Pickpockets are rumored to frequent the area.

During our visit, in early March, the many plum trees were in bloom. Tourists from Japan and Germany were well represented.

Access

218 Anren Lu
021/6326-0830

Admission Fee: CNY 40
Opening Hours: 8:30 to 17:00
Subway Stop: Huanpi Road on Line 1, about 15 minutes on foot; or roughly the same distance from the Bund.

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