Yu Yuan Garden & Bazaar @ Shanghai China

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Yu Yuan Garden (豫园) was constructed during the Ming Dynasty in 1559.  The Chinese garden took 16 years to complete and it is a typical Ming garden with pavilions, lakes and rockeries.   

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With so many contemporary buildings and sky-scrapers, Yu Yuan Garden and its vicinity are are some of the few places that exude an “old” Shanghai aura.

I think the Chinese like the idea of boats as they like to incorporate boats into garden architecture.  The “stone boat” here is a longish pavilion with stones that mimic wave pattern.

Dragon is an auspicious animal loved by the Chinese – also seen as a motif in Yu Yuan Garden.

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I like the floor with mosaic stones.

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I almost dismissed these stones as ordinary rocks.  In fact, the stone in the middle is a 5 tonne Currow boulder that is thought to be more than 1000 years old, since the time of Song Dynasty.  The boulder possesses the qualities of slimness, transparency, porosity which makes it one of the most beautiful stones in the Jiangnan Region.

In the vicinity of Yu Yuan Garden, there is the Yu Yuan Bazzar that looks too new to be old, but they are indeed more than a 100 years old and have been refurbished.  It is very commercialized with many stores selling souvenirs but I enjoyed walking around these old buildings with their classic red windows.  It almost felt like I was walking around in a movie set.

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There is plenty of local delicacies to try at the Yu Yuan Bazzar – Nanxiang xiaolongbao, glutinous rice balls or you may indulge in premium tea at the Huxingting tea house that’s in the middle of the lake.

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The bazaar may seem a bit tacky with all the souvenirs – but still not a bad place f0r a bit of shopping.

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Another section of the old streets in the vicinity of Yu Yuan Bazaar.

More Info
Getting there : Take Metro Line 10, exit at Yuyuan Station (豫园).

**Thanks to Spring Airlines of China for making this post possible.  Spring Airlines now have direct routes for Singapore – Shanghai with excellent rates !  Just 5 hours away, Shanghai is not all that far away with plenty of things to do, plenty of things to eat and plenty of places to visit 🙂



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