Saturday, April 06, 2013

Shanghai-Lights: Yuyuan Garden

Even after a very full first day in #Shanghai we still had a pretty busy second/final day planned.  Our main stop today was the Yuyuan Garden, which was a very short 10 minute walk from our hotel.  The Yuyuan Garden is a major tourist attraction and is even has a "tourist mart" for all the touristy crap gifts you may want: watches, plastic pagodas, parasols - you know that stuff you find in every City.

We were in Shanghai right before the Lunar (Chinese) New Year, so the park (and the City as a whole) was totally decked out. The temples were packed with people and the air was full with incense.


Burning letters for a clean start in the New Year














 
The Yuyuan Garden is full of classic Chinese architecture and is a quiet refuge in an extremely loud and busy City.  The park itself was quite busy because of the New Year preparations.  A visit to the Yuyuan Gardens is definitely a highlight of an trip to Shanghai.

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