On my second trip to Yuyuan Garden, I was finally able to get a ticket and go inside the famed walled garden. A couple of classmates and I found a day to not only see the and taste some of the food vendors outside of the tourist attraction, but secured three tickets to see the garden and sample the tea’s at the tea shop.
After getting our tickets and walking in, we found the tea shop. We didn’t even know that we got to experience the tea shop with our particular tickets. The tea shop, part of the deluxe ticket part of 60 RMB, allowed us to try the the different teas. It appeared, mostly foreigners, were exposed to this tea education. I found out they offered the short 30 min interactive class in English and Japanese. There was about 8 different teas that we got to try, ranging from different flavors and health benefits. At the end, there was a hard sell on each of the teas – for about 100 RMB per bag. I was tempted to get some, but I didn’t want to return all the way back for refills. Yet, I still might just return to get a couple of bags.
Afterwards, we moseyed around the old buildings and garden. Yet, there wasn’t much of a garden or flowers. There were a lot of trees. This place reminded me of the Summer Palace in Beijing, in a small scale. It was quite astonishing to have such a historic place smack dab in the middle of the big metropolitan Shanghai.
As you walked around, you could see the thousands of hands touch and maul the handrails and walls, which seemed a bit worn (and a little bit gross). But I still enjoyed the experience. I am always fascinated by the old Chinese decor, architecture, and design. I liked the geometric accents found in each design elements. One cool thing was seeing the different animals on the pointed rooftops.
Anyways. . . Yuyuan Garden is a nice place to go once. . . But necessarily to return. Even on a weekday afternoon, it was quite crowded.