Dating back to the Ming Dynasty centuries ago, the expansive Yu Garden, which covers a 20,000 square metre space, was owned by a government officer named Pan Yunduan who built the garden as a tranquil and reinvigorating resting place for his parents of old age.
There is no other place like this humble UNESCO World Heritage Site and it rightfully earns its place based on its aesthetics alone. Needless to say, it is a photographer’s dream as every nook and cranny of the garden looks absolutely divine.
Dotted with pavilions, chambers, halls, terraces, rock sculptures and water streams boasting styles of the Ming and Qing dynasties, the garden itself is divided into several parts, the Eastern area, Western area, Central area and the Internal Garden, each separated by dragon walls.
On top of its exceptional architecture and scenic spots, all sorts of cultural and recreational activities are held at the garden throughout the year. Many also frequent the Yuyuan Bazaar adjacent to the garden for traditional Chinese commodities and delicious local snacks.
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A former industrial area for textiles in Shanghai composed of dilapidated warehouses and factories has now been transformed into the city’s top contemporary art complex housing galleries and art spaces featuring the works of many established and emerging Chinese artists.
Whether you are looking to relive your childhood dreams or have little ones alongside you in need of some fun, a trip to the happiest place on Earth – Disneyland – will never be a bad idea and luckily, Shanghai is home to one of only 6 parks in the world.
Situated 47 kilometres away from Shanghai is a well-preserved ancient water village in the Qingpu district – Zhujiajiao Water Town – that is often dubbed the Venice of Shanghai and boasts nearly 1,700 years of history.
Along the Huangpu River is a mile-long waterfront promenade known as The Bund or Waitan, and to its west bank sits 52 colonial-era buildings of contrasting Western and European architectural styles including neoclassical, baroque, Romanesque and Gothic designs.