Yu Yuan Gardens in Shanghai Picture

Yu Yuan Gardens in Shanghai is my picture of the week. I visited Shanghai back in 2010 on a personal holiday for nine full days exploring this amazing metropolis. One of the many interesting places I found very unique 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 center of the old city of Shanghai. 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 which translates as Garden of Contentment also occupies an area of 2 hectares which is split into a shopping and bazaar district and beautiful landscaping. If you like touristy spots, this is one of Shanghai's most famous places while you should expect thousands of tourist there. Mostly locals. 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 in order 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 show one of the many traditional Chinese buildings here and most of them are either shops or restaurants. Time to walk around here can easily set you back a few hours as it took me about 3 hours to explore the place on foot. You can get to this place using the metro and stopping at the Yuyuan Garden Station in Shanghai.