Yu Garden

This ancient property owned by a Ming dynasty official is the only Ming garden in the northern part of the Old City. Built in 1559, the 2-hectare garden has been around for over four centuries. It boasts over 40 ingeniously conceived, well laid out ancient buildings, which have interesting names like Iron Panther, Moon Tower and Hearing-Waves Pavilion. With its pavilions, artificial mountains and ponds, it’s widely advertised as a gem of classic Chinese gardening and an oasis of calm marooned in the urban bustle. It is not only a tourist attraction, but also a worth-a-dedicated-trip shopping destination where trinkets, local products and famous snacks attract those ready to shell out.
  • Middle fangbang road
  • 10086
  • Yu Garden Station, Subway Line 10; Bus 11/26/64/66/920/926/929/930
  • Free
  • 9:00-16:00
  • www.yuyuan.com

Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse

Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse within Chenghuangmiao is an attraction in its own right. If you want to take the load off your feet while visiting Chenghuangmiao, you cannot go wrong with it. Tea goes well with dried beancurd, quail eggs and sticky rice in bamboo shoots, to name a few. Sip a cup of tea, with people going in both direction on Jiuqu Bridge (Nine-Curve Bridge), massive tree canopy and double eaves for company. You could be lost in thought.


Nanxiang Mantou (Yuyuan Road)

This offshoot of Nanxiang Mantou (steamed buns) on Yuyuan Road attracts both the locals and visitors alike with its many flavorful offerings (Crab Powder Steamed Bun, Fresh Meat Steamed Bun, Crab Powder Dumplings) and attentive services.


Nine Bend Bridge

Jiuqu Bridge (Nine-Curve Bridge) paved with granite slabs makes 18 bends while zigzagging its way within Chenghuangmiao, with each bend engraved with a seasonal flower. The bridge leads all the way to Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse.


Old Shanghai Teahouse

A narrow flight of elegant steps leads all the way to the spot strewn with teahouses. On the wall of Old Shanghai Teahouse hang big and small frames with valuable maps of old Shanghai published in different periods.


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