Yu Garden, or equivalently Yuyuan Garden, is located in Shanghai’s Old Chinese City, right next to the City God Temple (城隍庙). The garden features classical Suzhou style chinese gardening architectures. If you are visiting Shanghai’s Old Chinese City, or if you are fan of classical gardens of Suzhou, a walking tour of Yu Garden is definitely recommended.
Wikipedia gives us the history:
The garden was first established in 1559 as a private garden created by Pan Yunduan, who spent almost 20 years building a garden to please his father Pan En, a high-ranking official in the Ming Dynasty, during his father’s old age. Over the years, the gardens fell into disrepair until about 1760 when bought by merchants, before suffering extensive damage in the 19th century. In 1842, during the Opium Wars, the British army occupied the Town God Temple for five days. During the Taiping Rebellion the gardens were occupied by imperial troops, and damaged again by the Japanese in 1942. They were repaired by the Shanghai government from 1956–1961, opened to the public in 1961, and declared a national monument in 1982.
Please take a short walk with me:
I admit that I completely ignore this ‘dragon’ when I visited the garden last year:
Address: 218 An Ren Street, Shanghai, China
Opening Hour: 8：30 – 17：30 (Tickets unavailable from 17:00)