A little oasis among the chaos
Near the old town of Shanghai and approached via the Yuyuan Bazaar, the Yuyuan Gardens are definitely worth a visit. It’s physical footprint isn’t actually that big but you seem to wander for ages through archways, along walkways and still never reach the end.
It dates back to the Ming Dynasty and has seen plenty of interesting history. There are lots of lovely little halls with different purposes and each has the feel of a small Buddhist temple. In the pools there are countless huge koi carp together with a few terrapins.
There were a couple of exhibitions on when I visited and there is also a shop (called an exhibition but everything seems to be for sale). Some stuff is pretty expensive but looks good quality but my problem is I don’t know the market prices so it’s difficult to guage whether their prices are good or high. I would expect them to be on the high side bearing in mind their position.
One funny thing when I was in there was to find that I was being serenaded with Old Lang Syne – quite bizarre!