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“Yu Yuan - dont buy just see” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
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Shanghai Old Town Walking Tour Including Yuyuan Garden
Ranked #7 of 1,303 things to do in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A classical garden complete with period style buildings. The Garden was created by Pan Yunduan a Government Officer for his family finishing in 1577.
Singapore
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“Yu Yuan - dont buy just see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Visited on 3 Dec 2012. It is less crowded on a weekday morning. The place houses interesting shops and a great variety of merchandise. The ponds, buildings and architecture are interesting too.
But the same things sold by the shops in the streets outside the yu yuan area are definitely cheaper. Dont miss the actual garden inside the yu yuan area. Many roam outside the actual garden and got lost with the colourful cafes, shops, restautrants, sights etc.... Pay a fee to enter the garden which is a quieter area and find out more about Chinese history. I asked a security guard at one of the department stores inside the yu yuan gardens for direction to the actual garden and he replied there's no actual garden !!! Luckily I had done my homework earlier and asked the guard at entrance no 7. He was knowledgeable and directed me to the right corner.
The Nanxiang dumplings in Yuyuan Gardens are over rated. The dumpling skin's too thick . Tasted better ones in other parts of Shanghai. Definitely much better ! Better to try other dishes in the restaurant. The staff at the Nanxiang restaurant are also very rude and unprofessional. I will not visit the restaurant a second time.
Be careful of the shops especially those selling Chinese sweets and wu xiang dou (五香豆)... example when you are deciding whether to buy the product, suddenly someone comes in beside you and buy enthusiastically, telling the sales girl he has been searching for this for a long time, giving you the impression itz a good bargain when its not .... he is employed by the shop. Found out this during my visit there. Learnt a lesson from here.
Overall, this place is good to go for a first time visit to Shanghai.

Visited December 2012
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“An amazing garden that takes you back in time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

A wonderful places to go..Takes you back in time in a city of skyscrapers everywhere. If you are a photographer, enjoy the perspectives through the various shape entrances and lots of photo spots in this place..

Visited December 2012
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“Beautiful but hard to find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

I can't imagine finding this place without help of a guide, or a taxi driver perhaps. It's a beautiful garden with oodles of Chinese history, buried deep inside old Shanghai. You'll be smothered by lots of natives selling their wares, even inside Yu Garden. I would definitely suggest using the knowledge of a tour guide because there is no audio headset system and signage lacks in many areas. Overall, though, no trip to China would be complete without spending some time in a garden like this. A tip as you move from room to room -- watch the thresholds, they are customery and signify the importance and power of the owners (the higher the threshold, the more important the owner).

Visited November 2012
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“Definitely worth the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Yu Yuan is a must on a first visit to Shanghai - we really enjoyed it. The only time during our stay in the city that we felt that we were in "Old China". Beautiful buildings, ponds and lakes and lovely gardens. Peaceful atmosphere and not too noisy despite the crowds. It was fairly crowded on a warm Monday at noon in mid-October, but not too bad. Probably best to avoid weekends, however...

Visited October 2012
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“avoid going onn weekend”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

enjoy the stop here - lot of things to see n buy i.e gifts etc. the old shanghai street is jz nearby so do go there for local snacks.....

Visited December 2012
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