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Yuyuan Garden

Niki Shanghai Travel Guide 2020-12-09 10:07:26

Yuyuan Garden Facts


Names: Traditional Chinese: 豫園, simplified Chinese 豫园, pinyin Yù Yuán, literally meaning: "Happy Garden"

History: Constructed in 1577

Location: 132. Anren Street, Shanghai 

Recommended time for a visit: two hours

Yuyuan Garden Information


Yuyuan Garden is a classical garden in the heart of Shanghai city with a history dating back to 1577. It was initially a private garden built by Pan yunduan (an officer in Ming Dynasty) giving to his father as a gift. The name "Yu" means "peace and health" in Chinese, symbolizing the garden is a place of peace and comfort. Now the garden is open to the public after large-scale renovation. It is an important place that retains the traditional architecture and culture in this metropolitan city.


Yu Garden is considered as one of the renowned gardens in south China. Laid out in Suzhou style, it comprises of six general areas in an area of 2 hectares (5 acres), namely: Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall and Inner Garden. Each area is separated from the others by "dragon walls and features several scenic spots. Pavilions, Ponds, trees, doorways, and rockeries are exquisitely placed. The view changes as you make every step forward. The garden houses many items with unique characteristics. The centerpiece is a 3.3-meter (about 10.8 feet) exquisite Jade Rock placed across from Yuhua Hall. The rock has 72 holes which make it a magic. It is said that if you burn a joss stick just below the rock, the smoke will float out from all the holes. In addition, the tearoom in the center offers a tranquil moment to enjoy the spectacular. Outside of the garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar full of souvenirs and eateries.

Travel Tips

  1. Opening hours in 2020: 9:00 - 16:30(last entry time is 16:00) (Tue – Sun)

  2. Closes: Monday (except on public holidays)

  3. Advance booking is advisable: morning entry or afternoon entry

  4. Near the garden, it is a busy market with all kinds of shops, restaurants and galleries. It is a good place to purchase souvenirs, taste local specialties, discover the culture and traditions in these old streets of Shanghai.

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