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Yuyuan Gardens

Yuyuan Gardens © Jakub Halun
Yuyuan Gardens © Jakub Halun

The Yuyuan Gardens, or the Gardens of Contentment, date back to 1559 and are the best example of classical Chinese gardens in Shanghai. A peaceful refuge with koi ponds amid trees and pagodas, the gardens have been divided into six sections. The gardens' intricate designs are replete with pavilions, rockeries, ponds and a traditional theatre arranged in an ornate maze.

The gardens are on Yuyuan Street in downtown Shanghai and can be reached via the Town God Temple Market, a warren of shops and stalls that is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist bazaar. It is best to visit the gardens during the week because they become crowded over weekends and the crowds can detract from the spirit of the place.

Address: 218 Anren St, Huangpu, Shanghai

E-mail: yugarden@yugarden.com.cn

Website: www.yugarden.com.cn

Telephone: 021 6326 0830