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2017-6-23

Yuyuan Garden

Yuyuan Garden
Opening Hours: 9AM-5PM
Ticket: 25RMB
Transportation: Bus 11,126,926,66,42,64
Address: No.132 Anren Street

Located in the northeast part of Shanghai, the 400-year-old Yuyuan Garden is a famous classical garden built in the Ming Dynasty. Characterized by its exquisite layout, beautiful scenery and artistic architecture, the garden, acknowledged as “an architectural miracle in the south of Yangtze River”, has become a significant national heritage sit under state protection. Each pavilion, hall, stone and stream in the garden well express the quintessence of South China landscape design from Ming and Wing dynasties, which is especially welcomed by foreign tourists.

There’re seven main scenic spots in the garden. Of which, the winding walls with dragon heads decoration and scale-like tiles on top are really eye-catching. In ancient China, dragon is always regarded as a symbol of the emperor, which can not be used by common people. So goes the legend that when the wall was first completed in the Qing Dynasty, like the dragon in royal palaces, they all had five claws instead of four. The feudal ruler, regarded it as a sign of irreverence and rebellion, had the claws cut in the end.

Being built about 400 years ago with about 2000 tons of rocks being used, the Grand Rockery stands 10 meters in height and feautures in perilous peaks, peaks, cliffs, winding caves and gorges. It was said to be the highest rockery in Shanghai as well as the most magnificent one in southeast China during the Ming Dynasty. Today, on ascending the rockery, people can make a comprehensive survey of the garden.

The true treasure of Yuyuan Garden is the Exquisite Jade Rock, the relic of Song Dynasty, which is 3.3 meters(about 10.8 feet) in height and has 72 holes altogether.

Also included is Sansuitang, the largest and most commodious structure in the garden, Dianchuntang, two iron lions of Yuan Dynasty, 300-year-old- vines and a 400-year-old gingko tree.