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.