Located in the center of Shanghai's Old City is Yuyuan Gardens, one of the few remaining old tourist sites in Shanghai. Surrounding the gardens is Shanghai's bazaar, a maze of small streets and alleyways where vendors sell their wares and food stuffs to the visiting tourist and locals.

Yuyuan is believed to date to the 16th century when Zhang Nanyang, an architect, was commissioned by the Pan family of the Ming court to build the gardens. Built in traditional Chinese style with numerous rock and tree garden areas, ponds, dragon-lined walls and numerous doorways and zigzagging bridges separating the various garden areas and pavilions.

Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Streets of the bazaar, Shanghai
The Bazaar surrounding Yuyuan

The bus dropped us off several blocks from the gardens and we had to make our way through the bustling bazaar to the garden entrance. It was interesting, but there was little time to spend perusing the various shops for gifts and souvenirs. We were told that we'd have some free time following our visit to Yuyuan to explore the bazaar and purchase our little memory trinkets.

Immediately upon entering the gardens you are struck by the sheer beauty of the landscaping. Small ponds surrounded by rocks, trees and shrubbery. I'll dispense with the words and allow you to enjoy the pictures of this magnificent garden.

Reflections in a pond, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Ponds surrounded by a rockery
Pavilion, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Pavilions nestled within
the garden

Rockery, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Foot bridges spanning the pond

Anne relaxing, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Anne sitting on a bench
over the water
Hidden alley and waterway, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Almost hidden alleys of
water reflecting the buildings
Anne standing in a vase gate, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Anne standing in a vase shaped door

Ming lions statues, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Doorway surrounded by two
Ming Lions

Odd shaped doorway
Fisheye of a Ming Lion statue, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Ming Lion
I do apologize for inflicting my love of Chinese sculpture upon you and showing you so many pictures of Ming Lions and other mythical figures, but they fascinate me and, let's face it, this is my web site. Sorry. Hopefully you will enjoy the sculptures also.
Ming Lion statue, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Ming Lion
Roof sculpture, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Stone roof sculpture
Did I fail to mention that the Sun shone brightly for our first full day of sightseeing in Shanghai. Wasn't that a miracle? Actually we were surprised. When we left Beijing it was a beautiful and clear sunny day. As we flew toward Shanghai it became cloudy again so we figured we were in for more of the same weather we had in Beijing, but we were pleasantly surprised to see the Sun. We welcomed it and John and I had a great time taking pictures at Yuyuan with the Sun providing distinct shadows and brightly lit scenes. Not like Beijing!

John taking pictures, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
John photographing a rooftop

Ming Lion, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Stone carving

Dragon Wall, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Dragon Wall
Pavilion with lanterns, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Chinese lantern, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Peaceful garden scene, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai
Interesting roof patterns and hanging Chinese lanterns were everywhere
Continue to the next page for more pictures taken at Yuyuan Garden ...
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