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Yu Yuan Gardens Bazaar in Shanghai

Here is a photo of Yu Yuan Gardens and Bazaar in Shanghai, which I took when I visited Shanghai back in 2010 on a personal holiday for nine full days exploring this amazing Chinese metropolis.

One of the many interesting places I found was the Yu Yuen Gardens (豫园) where the traditional Chinese architecture was still maintained here after hundreds of years.

It is also simply known as Yu Gardens and is located in the centre of the old city of Shanghai. The place is amazing, and I still cannot believe how many people were there when I visited.

Yu Yuan Gardens Bazaar in Shanghai

Yuyuan Old Street
Opened to the public in 1961, the gardens date back to the year 1559 where it was built by Pan Yunduan to please his father during the Ming Dynasty.

Yuyuan Garden also translates as Garden of Contentment and occupies a two hectares area which is split into a shopping and bazaar district, and of course the beautiful traditional landscaping.

If you like touristy spots, this is one of Shanghai's most famous places while you should expect thousands of tourist here, where 99.9% is a local tourist. 

Yuyuan Famous Xiao Long Bao
The famous Xiao Long Bao at Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai

There are some famous food places here while one would have to line up for at least 20 minutes to try the famous Soup Dumplings (Xiao long bao).

You can also get lovely souvenirs here but take note, it would be much better if you went with someone who spoke Mandarin to get the best price.

One of the interesting items to buy here would be the Chairman Mao Red Handbook. They sell originals and also copies of it so please ask before purchasing.

The picture above shows one of the many traditional Chinese buildings here and most of them are either shops or restaurants.

Photos of Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar in Shanghai

Shanghai Yu Garden
A Starbucks is seen in one of the traditional buildings at Yu Garden

Shanghai Yuyuan Garden
Some of the interesting building architecture in the old part of Yuyuan

Shanghai Yuyuan Bazaar
At the Yuyuan Bazaar, thousands of visitors pass by.

Photo of Yuyuan Garden Shanghai
The traditional architecture is seen on the buildings here.


Overall, I had an amazing time here, and one of the most memorable places I visited for food was no other than the strange Kung Fu fast food outlet in Shanghai.

Honestly, I find Shanghai is a great place to explore on foot and walking around, you will encounter many interesting places.

For those wanting to visit the Yu Garden, you can get here by using the metro and stopping at the Yuyuan Garden Station in Shanghai.


Kris Koeller said...

Great photo. I loved the Yu Gardens, especially at night.

Barbara Weibel said...

Darn, I missed this in Shanghai. Beautiful!

Malaysia Asia said...

Kris - I left before night so gives me reason to go back again. Must be really beautiful.

Barbara - Same like me, a reason to go back :)

Koh Kian Fai said...

wow sure this is a big historical building! nice 1 :) havent been to shanghai and wish to go XD

Malaysia Asia said...

Hey Kian Fai, just so you know, this is only one of the many traditional buildings here in Yu Yuan Gardens. I hope you get your chance to visit soon.

Cathy Sweeney said...

Looks like a wonderful place to visit. Love the traditional Chinese architecture.

Malaysia Asia said...

Cathy - If you do do there, spend a good amount of time as every where you look, it's just traditional Chinese buildings at Yu Yuan Gardens.

Nomadic Samuel said...

This is one of the few attractions I missed while I was in Shanghai this spring. I obviously REALLY missed out! Lovely photo :)