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"Shopping heaven amongst ancient garden" Yuyuan Bazaar Tip by Icemaiden02

Yuyuan Bazaar, Shanghai: 18 reviews and 35 photos

  Yu Yuan, taken December 2002
by Icemaiden02

It took 18 years to build Yu Yuan (1559-1577), only to be destroyed during the Opium War in 1842. This Ming garden have been restored, and is now a commercially inundated bazaar filled with snacks, souveniers and personalized stamps (chops) that carry one's name (English or Chinese).

Next to the entrance to the Yu Gardens is the Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse (Huxinting), once part of the gardens and now one of the most famous teahouses in China, visited by Queen Elizabeth II and Bill Clinton amongst others. It is said that the zig-zag causeway thwarts evil spirits, who can only travel in straight lines.

Incidentally, saying Yu Yuan Gardens is redundant, much akin to ATM Machine (automatic teller machine machine). "Yuan" in Chinese means Gardens, hence technically it's either Yu Gardens or Yu Yuan, but not both.

Hours: 9:00am-10:00pm

Address: 218 Anren Street, Old City
Directions: Walk south along The Bund then swing a right at Jinling Dong Lu. Busline: No. 64, No. 24, No. 11, No. 926
Phone: 021-6355-5025

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 18, 2006
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