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Yuyuan Garden

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Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Introduction to Yuyuan Garden

Yuyuan Garden is one of the best preserved and restored classical Chinese gardens in Shanghai. Dating back to the Ming Dynasty the garden occupies a total area of 20,000 square meters. Yuyuan Garden is made up of ponds, bridges, trees, shrubs and rockscapes. With all these ingenious ideas incorporated together the beautiful Yuyuan Garden is definitely worth taking visiting for any Shanghai tour. There are more than 40 scenic attractions throughout the entire garden. The Yuyuan Garden is divided into six scenic areas that are known as Grand Rockery, Ten Thousand-Flower Pavilion, Hall of Heralding Spring, Hall of Jade Magnificence, Inner Garden and Lotus Pool.

Next to the Yuyuan Garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar otherwise known as the Chenghuang Bazaar or City God Temple Market. The market is a popular area for tourists and shopping where visitors can take a visit to shops, restaurants and recreation facilities while taking in the views of Ming and Qing architecture.

History of Yuyuan Garden 

The Yuyuan Garden was originally founded in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty. Pan Yunduan had decided to build a garden for his father Pan En for his retirement. However, the construction of the garden was postponed for 20 years as Pan Yunduan was appointed the position Governor of Sichuan Province. It was not until his resignation in 1577 that Pan Yunduan returned to continue his plans for the garden. The Garden was one of the greatest masterpieces of its time but it also caused the bankruptcy of the Pan family. The Yuyuan Garden was later inherited by Pan Yunduan’s granddaughter and husband, the garden then changed owners several times. 

The Yuyuan Garden experienced damage throughout the 19th century. During the First Opium War in 1842 the British army took over the garden and used Huxinting Teahouse as a base of operations. During the Taiping Rebellion the original buildings in the garden were nearly all destroyed. In 1942 during the Second World War the Japanese in destroyed the garden. Between 1956 to 1961 the Yuyuan Garden was renovated by the Shanghai government and was opened to the public in 1961. 

Shanhaiguan Great Wall


No.269 Fangbang Middle Road, Huangpu DistrictShanghai

Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Main Sights

Grand Rockery, Ten-Thousand Flower Pavilion, Inner Garden, Lotus Pool

Shanhaiguan Great Wall 

Travel Information

Admission: 40 Yuan 

Opening Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00PM 

Shanhaiguan Great Wall


1. Take subway line 10 getting off at Yuyuan Station and leave the station via Exit 1 

Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Travel Tips 

1. Avoid visiting during school holidays and Golden Week in October as there will be large numbers of local tourists.

Shanhaiguan Great Wall

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