Welcome to Yu Yuan Garden
Amidst the gray high rises of Shanghai there lies an Oasis of greenery and ancient architecture. This place is Yu Yuan Garden and is located next to Town God’s Temple. Yu Yuan garden was completed in 1577 during the middle of the Ming Dynasty by a government officer. The garden has gone through some additions throughout the centuries and also a great degree of restoration. During the 19th century it was severely damaged during the Opium War and has since been restored from 1956.
History and Culture
Yu Yuan is the most famous garden in Shanghai. Close to the gardens is Shanghai's bazaar, a great number of small streets and lanes where vendors sell their products and food stuffs to the tourists and local people. It is called garden "Yu Yuan" - because "Yu" in Chinese means "peace and health"-- a place of peace and comfort in the heart of busy Shanghai. It can date back to the Ming Dynasty. Now a hot tourist destination, Yu Yuan Garden was first built as a private garden created by Pan Yunduan. He used almost 20 years and all of his savings to construct a garden in an attempt to please his parents in their high ages.
In the past over 400 years, Yu Yuan was restored and reopened several times. It was once in a mess. Because of the downside of Pan's family after Pan Yuduan's death, Yu Yuan was slowly out of use. Although later the garden was renovated by the local rich people, several civil wars in the mid-19th century caused huge damage. In 1956, after Shanghai's liberation, the city government rebuilt the garden and recovered its elegance and beauty as in the old days. Yu Yuan Garden was at last reopened to the public in 1961. The government declared it a national monument in 1982. Now Yu Yuan Garden attracts a huge number of visitors at home and abroad each year.
Admission fee: 40 RMB/person
Opening hours: 8:30-17:00
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