Yuyuan Garden & Bazaar, Shanghai
I was impressed by the development and organization of Shanghai.
What they show to us today has nothing to do with the generalised idea of China.
We had to look at the small narrow roads, to see the old China living, according to the expected standards, but in good harmony with the construction boom all over.
One of the common details in old quarters is the small distance between houses, lining narrow streets and tiny squares.
I was impressed by the sensation of space in Yuyuan old quarter creating me a doubt: Was it originally so large, or is it a consequence of a planned reconstruction?
I couldn't read anything about that.
We are marvelled with the beautiful details of the garden!
We look around, carefully, trying to enjoy each artistic combination, each detail, and, suddenly, something pops up out of context. An even more attentive look and... it is a Portuguese flag.
No! It was not part of the decoration!
Just a nice lady decided to support the tested concept that we are a small country with a big people, and no matter where you are, there will always be a Portuguese close to you.
Generally without flags!
Travelling is meeting places... and people, and it's funny to see how two people that would pass by each other in their home town without even a smile, easily find motifs and pleasure for a quick presentation, where they are far away, and discover anything in common.
Fondest memory: Yuyuan Garden was very beautiful with the ponds, bridges, trees, and houses. The ponds were filled with extremely large goldfish. There were several children feeding the fish, and those fish all swam to the surface and were fighting with each other for food. The sight was amazing (see picture). The goldfish were so big and fat.
Fondest memory: Chenghuang Temple is a must-see and experience in Shanghai. I enjoyed the interesting gift and souvenir shops as well as the great variety of food options here. The delicious Nanxiang Xiao Long Bao (steamed dumplings) filled with soup were very special. There was also a large food court which was really an eye-opener. There were so many Chinese dishes here, hot or cold, that you could grab and go. The architecture at the Chenghuang Temple was also pretty amazing.
When i first came here many years ago, there were less shops, and it was smalller - today it is just a huge tourist place to shop shop shop and you be so lost - you may not even find the garden!!!! becos there is hardly any signage in english...
fortunately when i first came to Shanghai it was less crowded...so it was easy for me to get to the beautiful garden.
It is actually very closed to the little lake with a funny pink zig zag bridge...
Fondest memory: like many many ohter chinese gardens famous in Suzhou, Hangzhou etc...this is something small small...but pretty
Favorite thing: This garden is a fairly nice green haven in the middle of a very busy metropolis. It is one of the rare sites to visit as such but can easily be overlooked in comparison to other sites across the country. In Shanghai, I would recommend focusing on seeing the street activity, the few old colonial remains, and getting a feel for the pace and change of the country.
Fondest memory: It is a well-restored Suzhou-style garden. It is one of the best gardens in southern China. With pavilions, halls, chambers, towers, ponds and rockeries,
it presents more than 40 scenic spots. Also you can pleasantly find out a lot of cheap daubles...
Favorite thing: Yu Yuan Garden the most famous ancient structure in Shanghai, attracts millions of tourists both at home and abroad every year. Its exquisite layout, beautiful scenery, and the artistic style of the garden architecture are where the charm of Yu Yuan lies. At the same time, Yu Yuan Garden is often frequented by shoppers who want to purchase traditional Chinese products as well as gold and jewels. Yuyuan Garden(Garden of Leisurely Repose), located on Yuyuan Road of Nanshi District, was built in 1559(the 21st year in the period of Wan Li of Ming Dynasty). Inside the garden there are exquisite rockeries, dragon walls and differently shaped pavilions and towers and other tourist attractions like Cuixiu Tang(the Hall of Gathering Graces) and Dianchun Tang(the Spring Hall). The garden is acknowledged as 'an architectural miracle in the region south of Yangtse River', 'an elite of garden in southeast China'.
Favorite thing: YU_YUAN GARDEN. It lies in the old area of Shanghai. As a combination of garden, temple and small commodity market, Yuyuan Garden presents a strong local characteristic, and is called as 'A kingdom of small commodities.' Bill Clinton and his family had meal inside one of the resturant in Yuyuan Garden when he visited China.
Favorite thing: Its fashions and standards of products and services are more international than other Chinese cities.
Yu Yuan Garden
The NO.1 traditional Chinese garden of Shanghai.