Shanghai International Cultural Exchange Bases
The Yu Garden
Address：218 Anren Street, Shanghai
Public Transport：By buses 11, 26, 64, 71, 145, 581, 715, 730, 736, 801, 926, 929, 932, 969, or 980; or By the Fangchuan Line; Get off at the Yu Garden Stop
Located in the northeast of the Old Town, the Yu Garden is an ancient garden typical of those along the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. It is a unit of cultural relics listed for key protection at the national level, and a 4A tourist spot at the national level. First created as a private family garden in the Ming Dynasty, it is more than 400 years old. It was so named because its creator masterminded it as a pleasing gift to his parents. It once served as the headquarters of a local uprising army called the Dagger Society.
Magnificent and scenic, the garden has been hailed as the pearl of gardens in Southeast China. Stretching for more than two hectares in land area, it is strewn with irregularly located buildings and pavilions, towering artificial mountains, and luxuriant trees. Each step in the garden would bring the visitor to a new landscape. Quiet, beautiful, exquisite, and epitomic, it best reveals the artistic styles of the gardens in South China created in the Ming and the Qing dynasties.
An attraction to tourists from all over the world, the garden receives more than 1.6 million visitors a year, including lots of political figures and celebrities such as former US President Clinton, British Queen Elizabeth II, former German Prime Minister Schroeder, and former IOC Chairman Rogue.
The Yu Garden is also the cradle of Shanghai-style painting and calligraphy. In recent years, it has hosted quite some high-caliber exhibitions including the Exhibition of Gold and Silver Valuables Collected in Nanjing Museum, the Exhibition of Qing Dynasty Imperial Toys Collected in the Palace Museum, and the Exhibition of Qing Dynasty Seals Collected in the Palace Museum, causing quite a stir in the society.
Opening time: all year round
Business hours: 8:30am – 17:00pm
Admission fees: 40 Renminbi yuan per admission during busy seasons and 30 Renminbi yuan per admission during off seasons (with preferential prices for children and elders)