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


Set in the historic, scenic, tourist-centric zone, Yuyuan Shangcheng has earned its reputation as the “Kingdom of Small Commodities” and “Kingdom of Snacks”. Nearby attractions include Chenghuangmiao, Chengxiang Temple and the city’s oldest mosque. A great destination for anyone looking for cultural immersion.


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