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Review of Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
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Half-Day Tour of Shanghai including Yuyuan Garden and Huangpu River Cruise
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Ranked #7 of 1,323 things to do in Shanghai
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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.
Reviewed June 10, 2014

This spot is so lovey - a perfect respite in the busy city. I was visiting on a super hot day and surprisingly, in the garden, it almost seemed cooler.

There are a zillion little areas to get lost in and though it was busy when I was there, I also was able to find corners that weren't overwhelmingly busy. It was so lovely, I wanted to stay all day (even as it was, I stayed a number of hours!).

Great photo spot as well and a good area to take a break and try to relax and experience the city.

Thank ChicagoK2
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

The YuYuan Gardens open at 8:30 am and if you're trying to enjoy the tranquility and be able to see the gardens and surroundings, you'll be there at 8:30 to get in before the crowds. The garden is definitely worth your time - absolutely stunning. The most disappointing part of it all is that you have to wind through mazes of trinket shops and people trying to sell you stuff to get to it. There are tons and tons of shops within the "city area" and along the block around the garden itself. It's sad that so much commercialization has overtaken this natural beauty.

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Reviewed June 6, 2014

There are a lot of pavilions and rock gardens and little paths throughout the garden. It is a nice break from the commercial craziness outside the walls. Worth the entry fee and your time. Saturday afternoon may not be an ideal due to the crowds, but don't miss it!

Thank seahow
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Reviewed June 6, 2014

The Garden of Contentment is a fascinating place, if only because you discover that it is actually possible to experience the power of Feng Shui in the midst of tourist pragmatism. It is a very popular place for tourists and we had lots and lots of company when we visited. In spite of that, it was very clear the power of its design for peace of spirit and contentment. The layout of the garden, pavilions, water and walkways are all conducive to thoughtfulness and peace. Of course, as one of many visitors bumping into each other and rubbing shoulders, elbows, backs and hips, one can only imagine what it must have been like for the scholars who peopled it back in the day. But, really, don't be put off by this! It is not to be missed, is a beautiful place and very worth your while.

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Reviewed June 5, 2014

Like many of the chinese gardens this one is both pretty and relaxing. It is very old and has some interesting history if you have a good guide to explain it.

Thank Kate T
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