Yu Garden Travel Guide
Located in Anren Jie, Shanghai, Yu Garden is a famous classical garden finished in 1577 and occupies an area of 20,000 square meters (about five acres).
Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying, and this garden was specially built for Pan´s parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and happy time in their old age. Hence the name Yu Garden.
This delightfully restored labyrinth of tiny specialty shops, tea and snack houses centered on a Ming dynasty mandarin Suzhou-style garden is a fascinating spot to people-watch over a pot of tea, to shop for unique souvenirs and to get a feel for Old Shanghai.
There are six main scenic areas in the garden: Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall and the Inner Garden. Each area features several scenic spots within its borders.
Yu Garden is well worth a meander through the Yu Garden, which has many scenic courtyards decorated with baroque rockery, pools and flora, all connected by corridors and passageways.
For its beautiful scenery and unique style, it has attracted lots of tourists to visit, including some famous foreigners like Britain´s Queen Elizabeth II and U.S. President Bill Clinton, German President Roman Herzog, Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama, State Councilor of the Republic of Cuba President Fidel Castro and other foreign guests have also come to visit.
Can be reached by buses No.11, 26, 64, 730, 926, 980, and 932.
Recommended time for a visit: two and half hours.