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Yuyuan Garden

Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai, China

Yuyuan Garden, maybe the most celebrated classical Chinese garden in Shanghai, is located in the northeast part of the old town and has an area of about five acres. In 1559, a Ming official named Pan Yunduan launched the construction of this private garden for his father's pleasure. The construction lasted 19 years. Later, due to the decline of the Pan family, the garden gradually fell into disuse. Furthermore, several civil conflicts in the mid-19th century caused great damage to it. After several large-scale re-constructions since 1949, Yu Yuan was finally opened to the public in 1961. The garden each year attracts countless visitors from home and abroad.

Built in a style that Suzhou gardens often take, Yuyuan garden is characterized by an exquisite layout, beautiful scenery and artistic architecture. Each pavilion, hall, stone and stream in the garden can express the quintessence of South China landscape design from Ming and Qing dynasties.

The bounding wall in the garden decorated with dragon's heads and paved by scalelike tiles on top, looks like a huge wandering dragon. People named it Five-dragon Wall. More interesting is that each dragon in this wall only has four claws. Legend goes that when the wall was first completed in the Qing Dynasty, like the dragon in royal palaces, they all had five claws. The feudal ruler, regarded it as a sign of irreverence and rebellion, and then cut one of the claws of each dragon.

Admission Fee:
CNY 40
(April 1st to June 30th, September 1st to November 30th)
CNY 30 (the rest months)
Opening Hours:
08:30 to 17:00
Bus Route:
K808, K599, 504, Tourism Bus No. 5

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