The Garden Of Peace & Happiness!

Built by a dutiful son for his retired parents, the Yuyuan is a 400 year old classical Chinese garden in the midst of the urban jungle that is modern Shanghai. Located in the heart of the old town in Puxi, not far from the bund, it is high on every tourist itinerary.

Not surprisingly therefore – unless you get there right after it opens – it is far from the “garden of Peace and Happiness” that it’s name suggests. It is beautiful nevertheless and incorporates all the aspects of Chinese landscape design and is well worth a wander.

A must do – according to most guidebooks and travel forums – just as you exit the garden, is to sample the iconic soup filled steamed dumplings at Nan Xiang Xialongbao Mantou. Not the best we had in Shanghai (certainly not half as good as the ones from Ding Tai Fung or the pan fried ones from Yangs fry) but we didn’t know that at the time. So we lined up for a box, behind all those people.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

99 thoughts on “The Garden Of Peace & Happiness!

  1. The photos are pretty. But those fish, those fish …why did they pack themselves so tight in that big pond? 😉

  2. 400-year-old garden… Hmmm… Most people can’t keep a potted plant alive for more than a season! That’s what so intrigues me about Chinese and Japanese (and I suppose all of Asia) world view. I wonder if people the world over won’t come to the western habit of throw-away stuff? Something is lost in Westerners, I think. Maybe that’s why psychologists and the drug companies thrive here… We abandon our roots so easily. 😉

    1. I don’t know George. To me it seems like we are losing all our heritage and culture in the race to catch up with the developed world. There are exceptions of course, and China is learning its lessons, but here at least heritage buildings are being demolished without a thought. Citizens have had to stage massive protests to save some old buildings here in Chennai. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could retain all that is good in both worlds?

  3. My wife and youngest are currently holidaying in Shanghai – they’ve visited some of these sites, I’m sure. Thanks for sharing.

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