Yuyuan Garden is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Shanghai. Located in the middle of city, close the Bund, this spot was a private residence with a sprawling garden and reflection pools.
First built in 1559 by Pan Yunduan, the garden was a built over 20 years in honor for his father, Pan En, an official from the Ming Dynasty. Over the centuries the garden has been taken over, destroyed, and rebuilt. Then finally in the 1950′s the Chinese government took over and renovated the garden. Then it was open to the public in 1961 and made into a national monument in 1982. (taken from wikipedia)
Right outside the garden, there a large outdoor mall, with tall traditional Chinese buildings. On weekends and holidays, the walkways are packed with people. Since it is close to People’s square, it is almost impossible to find a cab. Thank goodness there’s lots of subways all around. There are lots of shops and and restaurants.
On this day, I didn’t venture inside the garden, but tasted several of the local treats. I was able to try the large Xiao Long Tang Bao, which you first drink from a straw. As large as a man-sized fist, the Bao was quite good. But the skin was a bit tough. I doubt I would try it again. Next, I tried this vegetable burrito, which was almost too hot to handle. If it wasn’t so hot and oily, I’d say this was quite refreshing. There’s lots of restaurants and snack bars all over the place.
Next time, I will venture into the garden itself.
No. 132. Anren Street, next to the Chenghuangmiao area