One of China’s most impressive gardens is the Yu Garden situated in Shanghai. The garden was established in the 16th century by Pan Yunduan as a present for his father in his old age. The gardens were too expensive for Pan to look after so he sold it on and it has since had various owners. Over the last couple of centuries, the gardens have been destroyed multiple times due to war, most recently in the 1940s. they have since been repaired to the beautiful picturesque Chinese gardens we see today. The gardens cover 5 acres, with six different sections which all have different influences. Each section is separated by dragon walls. The garden is ideal for a relaxing stroll away from the hecticness of city life.
You can get to the gardens by using the local subway system, take line 10 to ‘Yuyuan’ station and leave the station using Exit 1. Another option is to get the bus to the gardens, the 11, 26, 64, 736, 805, 920, 926 and 930 all stop close by.
Opening Times and Admission
The gardens are open daily, 8.45am-4.15pm. Admission prices are set at 40 CNY for adults and entry is free for children under 1.3m in height.