Anren Jie, Shanghai
Yuyuan Garden, located in the centre of the Old City, covers an area of 20,000 square metres.
The garden was created in 1577, during the Ming dynasty, for Pan Yundan. In Chinese, yu means pleasing and satisfying. The garden was created as a place of tranquility for Pan En (an officer during the Ming Dynasty) by his son.
The garden, though small in comparison to other Chinese gardens, is considered one of the finest and most lavish examples of Chinese gardens. Designed in classical style, it comprises a rockery, halls, pavilions, an inner garden, and a lotus pool.
Open every day, 8.30 am-5.30 pm. Tickets 40 yuan (April 1st-June 30th, Sept 1st-Nov 30th), 30 yuan (July 1st-Aug 31st, Dec 1st-Mar 31st)