Shanghai Yuyuan Garden

Entrance Fee Apr. – Jun. & Sep. – Nov.: CNY 40
Jul. & Aug. & Dec. – Mar.: CNY 30
Free for children under 1.3m (4.3ft) or no more than 6 years old.
Half price for seniors over 60.
Opening Hours 9:00 – 16:30 (Ticketing stops at 16:00.)
Closed on Monday, except national holidays.

Yu Garden, a masterpiece of Ming Dynasty architecture, stands as a testament to the beauty and elegance of traditional Chinese gardens. Built over 400 years ago, this enchanting garden has captivated visitors with its exquisite layout, stunning scenery, and artistic design, making it a highlight of Shanghai’s cultural landscape.

Originally the private retreat of the Pan family during the Ming Dynasty, Yu Garden quickly rose to prominence as one of the largest and most prestigious gardens in Shanghai upon its completion. Its unique design seamlessly integrates decorative halls, elaborate pavilions, shimmering pools, zigzag bridges, pagodas, archways, and magnificent rockeries, creating a harmonious and tranquil atmosphere.

As visitors meander through the garden’s corridors and archways, they are greeted by iconic landmarks such as the Exquisite Jade Rock, a remarkable 5-ton porous rock formation renowned for its beauty and shape. Climbing to the top of the towering Great Rockery, constructed from thousands of tons of stone and reaching a height of 14 meters, offers panoramic views of the garden’s splendor.

A stroll across the Jiu Qu Bridge, known as the Nine-Turn Bridge, is believed to bring good luck, as the number nine symbolizes auspiciousness in Chinese culture. Beyond the bridge lies the Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse, the oldest teahouse in Shanghai, where visitors can immerse themselves in the timeless charm of traditional Chinese tea culture.

For those seeking to experience the allure of ancient China depicted in movies and literature, Yu Garden offers a captivating journey through history and culture, inviting visitors to step into a world of timeless beauty and tranquility.

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