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Yuyuan Garden (Yu Garden)
Yuyuan Garden (Yu Garden)

Yuyuan Garden (Yu Garden)

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2,878 Reviews
218 Anren Jie, Shanghai, 200010

The Basics

There are six main scenic areas to the garden, and each with several photogenic spots. Climb the 50-feet (14-meter) Great Rockery for a birds’-eye view of the whole garden. Don’t miss the Exquisite Jade Rock, a porous, spiky 5-ton rock with a fascinating history. Scattered throughout the garden are also numerous sculptures, carvings, calligraphies, paintings, and inscriptions.

Yuyuan Garden is a popular attraction and features on many guided tours, whether you want to explore for a half or full day. Most tours will include other top attractions such as the Bund, Nanjing Road, or Xin Tian Di. For a more customized and personalized experience, opt for a private guide.

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Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
$79.00 per adult
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Excellent Tour!
Frank is an excellent tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and takes care of his clients. He even took pictures and sent them to me by WeChat.
vijayparmaraz, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Shanghai

star-5
More than the sights!
brianagraydon, Jan 2020
Private Yu Garden, The Bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour
Had a wonderful experience during the half-day tour with Tom! He thoughtfully planned the route so that we experienced each attraction with minimal distraction / crowds. He was able to answer all sorts of cultural and historical questions with a great sense of pride and humor. Would certainly recommend this tour for hitting all the major sites while adding color and context you wouldn't get in seeing them alone.
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Great Tour of Shanghai
braddoss, Dec 2019
Shanghai Morning Half Day Tour with Yu Garden, Bund, Nanjing Road--Group Tour
Patrick was a fantastic tour guide. Very personable and helpful with suggestions about what to do in the city, how to get around, etc. He even helped with a transfer to the airport upon my departure. Would definitely recommend this tour!
star-5
Loved it! Well done!
Go257360, Nov 2019
Private Yu Garden, The Bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour
Our guide, Jaime was excellent and open to doing what we were most interested in such as a tea ceremony and tasting local food!
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Lovely way to spend a day
Beautiful960, Nov 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Tom is a good guide. Full of information, dates, facts and figures. We visited the Shanghai Museum, three different temples, a silk factory, the jade and pearl center and a large open air flea market/mall area and the Bund. Every stop is an opportunity to shop, but I really felt it in the silk and jade shops. The shop workers hovering, pointing out sales and making suggestions. The tour group was less than 10 people which was great.
star-5
A wonderful tour
mary_munro, Oct 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
This was a long day but our guide was knowledgeable and confident. He didn't hurry us and answered all the questions he was asked. We had time for photos and to examine museum exhibits etc for ourselves. We found the trip to the Silk Factory fascinating and the Tea Tasting session was most enjoyable. An excellent lunch was included. We would never have seen all these things by ourselves so totally recommend this tour.
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Great Tour Host
BernardFong, Oct 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Tom was assigned to host a gp of international tourists from US, Canada, South Africa and Singapore on 29/10 day tour of Shanghai. His pleasant personality, great hospitality skills, deep local knowledge were indeed commendable. Tks Tom.
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Priveate Yu Garden, The bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour
175ginnys, Oct 2019
Private Yu Garden, The Bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour
Tom was an excellent private tour guide. He arrived on time and provided us with a wealth of information about Shanghai and how the Shanghai Village started out as a small fishing village into what it is today. He gave us a clear understanding about how the French, British & American Concessions were established there also. Tom also answered the numerous questions my husband, son & I each had for him. He answered our questions about Hong Kong, the economics of Shanghai, the real estate, etc. about Shanghai, and so much more. We would highly recommend this half day tour to anyone interested in learning about this city of Shanghai. I have been on tours of Shanghai in the past but Tom's tour is fabulous and the best I had taken.
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Very good tour and tour guide
MichaelK10895, Sep 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
Very good tour and tour guide I learned alot from new and old Shanghai. Worth a visit to Shanghai and exploring.
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Too Many Retail Stops
94cat94, Nov 2019
Best of Shanghai Day Tour, including Jade Buddha Temple & Bund & Yuyuan Garden
I was the only person on this tour. The transport was over 30 minutes late, so I would have expected a call to say they were on their way. In fact the Concierge at the pick up hotel called for me, got the driver’s number then called him. Traffic was bad, as it often is in Shanghai, but it shouldn’t have been me doing the calling. The places we went were really interesting. I would have liked longer at the Shanghai Museum & the Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund etc. Because I was the only passenger we moved faster than a group would so time at stops could have been extended. In fact, despite the late start, I was back at the hotel by about 15.40. What was disappointing were the visits to the pearl centre, the silk factory etc. These were thinly disguised (expensive) selling opportunities, with very little actual information & interesting facts provided. Frank, the guide, was knowledgeable if uncharismatic.
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A wonderful tour of a vibrant city.
Lynda A, Oct 2019
Private Yu Garden, The Bund, French Concession, Pudong Half-Day Tour
An excellent tour with a very experienced and knowledgeable tour guide. Tom met us in our hotel lobby and we started the tour in the old Chinese section of the city. Tom took us to the Chinese section before it became too crowded and explained the history of Shanghai as we walked around. We experienced a Chinese Tea Ceremony which was a highlight, and then learned about the Tao religion in the Tao Temple. Our second stop was the beautiful French Concession followed by the Bund. Tom was able to answer all of our questions and recommended places to eat. I thoroughly recommend this tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • This is must for those with an interest in nature, history, and architecture.

  • Plan to spend about an hour here—two if you’re not in a rush.

  • Yuyuan Garden isn’t wheelchair accessible; there are several steps at the entrance and more throughout the garden.

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How to Get There

Yuyuan Garden is located at No. 137 Anren Street, Huangpu District. Take the metro, Line 10, and get off at Yuyuan Station (Exit 1). Or take public bus nos. 11, 26, 64, 805, or 930 and get off at Xinbeimen Station, or City Sightseeing Bus, line 1, 3, or 5.

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When to Get There

The garden is open year-round, although admission fees are higher in the spring and fall than in the summer and winter; spring, when the garden is in full bloom, is the best time to visit. The garden is a popular destination on weekends; visit during the week and early in the morning for fewer crowds.

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Yuyuan Bazaar

Yuyuan Bazaar, located right next to Yuyuan Garden, is a bustling marketplace with shops, teahouses, and restaurants. It’s a great place to buy some souvenirs or to some local snacks, including xiaolongbao.

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