Have you ever shopped until you’ve dropped and could quite possibly implode at the site of another market place full of millions of items you want but can’t pack with you? Then it’s time for you to hit up Shanghai’s Yuyuan Gardens for a bit of rest and relaxation.
Escape the air-conditioned mazes of Shanghai’s shopping districts and retire to the 400-year-old Yuyuan Gardens, built during the famous Ming Dynasty in China. The Gardens are recognised in China as a significant national heritage site.
The Garden is in the heart of Shanghai’s “Old City,” and in English the name of the garden – Yuyuan – means a place of peace and health.
You can spend a day wandering around the Gardens or sit back and watch the world go by. There are several attractions in and around the gardens including the “Jade Exquisite” at the Yuyuan Gardens – one of the three most famous jade stones in all of East China.
There is also Sansui Hall, an elaborate entertaining venue for Qing Dynasty elite. Check out the Grand Rockery, the best rockery in South China, and “Stone City” – a stone exhibition showing a great number of stone sculptures and engravings.
There is a small entrance fee for the Yuyuan Gardens, which are opening from 8.30am to 5pm every day. The Gardens are easily reached by subway and make for a great afternoon of reflection after a busy morning of sightseeing. Great tea houses in the Old City are nearby as well.