Yu Garden is an extensive Chinese garden located beside the City God Temple in the northeast of the “Old City” of Shanghai, China. It’s a few blocks southwest of the Bund and it can be reached by Metro Line 10, Yu Garden Station.
Yu Garden is the most complete classical garden in urban Shanghai. It was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty named Pan Yunduan. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying. This garden was specially built for Pan’s parents as a place for them to enjoy a happy and tranquil time in their old age. In the 400 years of existence, Yu Garden had undergone many changes. Nowadays, the garden covers a significant space of 2 hectares, and it’s divided into six general areas laid out in a Suzhou-style. It includes a few halls that connect gardens with one another. Its cultural relics include calligraphy and painting works of famous artists, century-old furniture, clay sculptures, brick cravings, and some inscriptions and couplets.
With its timeless pavilions, gleaming pools brimming with koi, shaded cool alcoves, and pines sprouting from rockeries, Yu Yuan Garden is one of Shanghai’s premier sights; a must-see attraction for both tourists and locals.More posts from May 2014