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Yu Garden or Yuyuan Garden (Chinese: t Шаблон:Linktext, s Шаблон:Linktext, p Yù Yuán, lit. Garden of Happiness) is an extensive Chinese garden located beside the City God Temple in the northeast of the Old City of Shanghai, China. It abuts the Yuyuan Tourist Mart and is accessible from the Shanghai Metro's Line 10 Yuyuan Garden Station.

A centerpiece is the Currow ancient stone (Шаблон:Linktext, Yù Línglóng), a porous 3.3-m, 5-ton boulder. Rumours about its origin include the story that it was meant for the imperial palace in Beijing, but was salvaged after the boat sank off Shanghai.


Yu Garden was first conceived in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan as a comfort for his father, the minister Pan En, in his old age. Pan Yunduan began the project after failing one of the imperial exams, but his appointment as governor of Sichuan postponed construction for nearly twenty years until 1577. The garden was the largest and most prestigious of its era in Shanghai, but eventually its expense helped ruin the Pans.

The garden was inherited by Zhang Zhaolin, Pan Yunduan's granddaughter's husband, and then passed to different owners. A section was briefly organised by Zhang Shengqu as the "Academy of Purity and Harmony" (Шаблон:Linktext, Qīng-Hé Shūyuàn) and the Ling Yuan (Шаблон:Linktext, Líng Yuàn, lit. "Spirit Park"), today's East Garden, was purchased by a group of local leaders in 1709. A group of merchants renovated the increasingly decrepit grounds in 1760 and in 1780 the West Garden was opened to the general public.

The gardens suffered damage numerous times during the 19th century. During the First Opium War, the British army used the Huxinting Teahouse as a base of operations for several days in 1842. During the Taiping Rebellion, the Small Swords Society ran its headquarters in the Dianchun Hall; by the time Qing troops recovered the garden, the original structures had nearly all been destroyed. They were damaged again by the Japanese in 1942 before being repaired by the Shanghai government from 1956 to 1961. They were opened to the public in 1961 and declared a national monument in 1982.


Today, Yu Garden occupies an area of 2 hectares (5 acres), and is divided into six general areas laid out in the Suzhou style:

Each area is separated from the others by "dragon walls" with undulating gray tiled ridges, each terminating in a dragon's head.


  • Sansui Hall
  • Yangshan Hall
  • Huge Rockery
  • Cuixui Hall
  • Relaxation Stone Boat
  • Yule Pavilion
  • Double Lane Corridor
  • Wanhua Chamber
  • Gingko Tree
  • Nine Lion Study
  • Ancient Well Pavilion
  • Relic Hall
  • Dianchun Hall
  • Acting and Singing Stage
  • Kualiou Pavilion
  • Hexu Hall
  • Huijing Tower
  • Toasting Pavilion
  • Yuhua Hall
  • Deyue Chamber
  • Jade Water Corridor
  • Depository of Books and Paintings
  • Exquisite Jade Rock
  • Huanlong Bridge
  • Inner Garden
  • Jingguan Tower
  • Guantao Tower
  • Dress Circle
  • Keyl Hall
  • Stone Boat
  • Big Stage
  • Mid-Lake Pavilion
  • Nine Zigzag Bridge
  • Master Lao Hall
  • Ting Tao Tower Exhibit Hall
  • Hanbi Tower

See also

  • Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  • List of Chinese gardens

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Mario Enrico
Mario Enrico 13 August 2012
Unfortunately it is a place already too western oriented. Lost its beautiful traditional history. No soul. You can even find Starbucks. This is too sad.
Jeremy Le Van
Jeremy Le Van 11 December 2011
Super touristy, but the garden can be nice. Get lost on the streets right outside of Yu garden, much more typical.
ŠKODA AUTO - CAREER 29 April 2014
A quiet piece of old China in bustling Shanghai. It does absorb a lot of people but still could get a quite crowded. Come in the morning to enjoy its peaceful atmosphere.
Filipe de Souza
Filipe de Souza 28 September 2013
The 40 yuan is worth it...
T0N 28 September 2013
Be wary of a friendly group of young Chinese usually around the metro.They will ask you to take a picture of them to start conversation and than will lure you to a tea house to pay for a performance.
Carole 21 October 2012
Many people but a lovely & beautiful place to visit :) One-must see in Shanghai! ;)
Venny F. Venistine
Venny F. Venistine 4 May 2013
So touristy place.... This is the situations in front of Entrace Gate of Yu Garden. So crowded...! Avoid on week end if you willing to visit here..
Jessica Ho
Jessica Ho 23 June 2010
Even if you're a native, don't take the first price offered. Everything can be haggled down!
Alya Danilova
Alya Danilova 6 April 2015
Amazing feeling,tasty snacks,garden is perfect. But too many ppl at weekends and twice price for all stuffs where
Alban Nogaret
Alban Nogaret 22 December 2014
Between Christmas and New year's eve is the only moment where the place is not crowded
ikach 18 October 2013
BE A FISH MAGNET: Smuggle in some bread crumbs or fish food & they ALL will be yours!
Chris Ng
Chris Ng 31 January 2010
Get a map (or take a photo of the map at the entrance) cos it can get quite confusing inside.
OngAndrew 翁
OngAndrew 翁 28 March 2015
Really an awesome park cum garden. Take time to walk around & experienced the Chinese decorated this beautiful garden.
Sin Wei
Sin Wei 26 December 2014
Garden with lots of rocks decor; typical Chinese garden; worth to go in and snap photo around. Peak season cny 40; low peak season cny 30
Willard Walker
Willard Walker 15 November 2014
I avoided this place for over two years because I could not imagine such a nice garden in such a tourist trap. I should have come sooner!
Carmen Marroquin
Carmen Marroquin 4 October 2013
Pasea por el barrio antiguo y no dejes de visitar este magnífico jardín chino
Alexpan 13 November 2013
Как же тут круто! Это одно из немногих мест, куда я хочу вернуться второй раз.
Dmitriy Geranin
Dmitriy Geranin 10 August 2013
Ребята. Это охуенно
Gencer Turgay
Gencer Turgay 1 May 2013
eski çin kültürünün şangaydaki kalesi, mutlaka görülmeli
Deniz Y.
Deniz Y. 1 September 2012
Yaun garden girişinde taksiden inince sol aradan yürüyün ilk sola dönün yol boyunca sokak satıcıları var çok uygun fiyatta ve sağdaki dışarıdan uyduruk pasaja girin en alta inin iste size toptancı
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566 Renmin Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China, 200000
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