Yu Yuan Garden
Yu Yuan Garden located in the center of the Old City next to the Chenghuangmiao area in shanghai , is considered one of the most lavish(奢华) and finest Chinese gardens in the region. The garden is accessible from the nearby Yuyuan garden Station on the Shanghai line 10.
The garden was first established in 1559 as a private garden created by Pan yunduan, who spent almost 20 years building a garden to please his father Pan En, a senior official in the Ming Dynasty, during his father‘s old age. Over the years, the gardens fell into disrepair(失修) until about 1760 when bought by merchants, before suffering extensive damage in the 19th century.
Let's take a look at some famous scenic spots
Great Rockery (大假山)
Great Rockery(大假山)- it is the first scene visitors can see when entering the garden. It is the oldest and largest rockery in the area of south Yangtze River with a height of 14 meters. The top of the rockery is the best site for a bird’s view of the garden. At the foot of the rockery, there are surrounded old trees and beautiful flowers
Yangshan Hall(仰山堂)- it has a roundabout corridors(迂回走廊) in the face of the pond. It is a superior place to admire the Great Rockery and to appreciate the cultural inscribed stones of Orchid Pavilion Series by the famous Calligrapher Wang Xizhi
Zigzag Bridge & Mid-lake Pavilion（九 曲桥&湖心亭）
they are the marks of the garden. Zigzag Bridge is 18 meters long and 2 meters wide, totally composed of granites and jade stones. It is a perfect leisure site with a pond and fish, pavilions on both two sides, stone tables and benches in pavilions. Mid-lake Pavilion is a primitive but elegant tea house with great traditional features
The night scenery of the zigzag bridge
The Dragon Wall
YU Yuan Old Street