Old City/Bazaar Shanghai
The city’s original core, the warren of narrow pedestrian-only lanes in the Old City/Bazaar Shanghai is lined with large reconstructed Ming and Qing dynasty buildings featuring ornate rooftops. Many now hold food and souvenir stalls. Farther from the core are tenements with laundry hanging over railings to dry, backstreet businesses, and a few temples. At the western end of the street at Henan Lu, you can catch a taxi back to your hotel.
|perimeter of Old City in Shanghai, China
|pedestrian street in Old City in Shanghai, China
|militaristas taking photo in Old City in Shanghai, China
|shop in Old City in Shanghai, China
|children enjoying peep show in Old City in Shanghai, China
Yu Yuan/Yuyuan Garden
Dating back 400 years to the Ming Dynasty, the famous Yu Yuan/Yuyuan Garden was built in 1559 by Pan Yunduan as a private garden for his parents. It is said to be the most beautiful classical garden in China--more beautiful even than those in Suzhou. "Yu" translates as "peace and health," and this garden is indeed a place of peace and comfort in the heart of busy Shanghai. It is a large walled complex of tranquil gardens and traditional Chinese houses, with rock gardens, ponds, bridges, and pavilions, and, of course, it attracts plenty of tourists. Fat golden Chinese carp and Japanese koi fish swim in a pond. Try your luck at the wishing waterfall, where, after you find the four stone dragons hidden among the stones, the tradition is to throw a coin out onto them. If your coin stays on the stone, your wish is granted; if it falls in the water, you’re out of luck.
Just outside the garden to the north, The Bridge of Nine Turnings/Jiu Qu Qiao Bridge/Zigzag Bridge leads over a pond to the Huxinting Teahouse/Huxinting Chashe/Yeshi Tea House, a classic mid-lake pavilion that is the perfect place to stop for tea. Service is inexpensive, but costs about twice as much upstairs as it does downstairs because of the view and more serene atmosphere.
|Yuyuan Garden in Old City in Shanghai, China
|dragon detail in Yuyuan Garden in Old City in Shanghai, China
|golden coi in Yuyuan Garden in Old City in Shanghai, China
|Tea Garden shop in Old City in Shanghai, China
|tea display in Tea Garden shop in Old City in Shanghai, China
Xinxiang steamed bun restaurant
|Shanghai dumplings at Xinxiang restaurant in Old City in Shanghai, China
|diners texting at Xinxiang restaurant in Old City in Shanghai, China
|the bill at Xinxiang restaurant in Old City in Shanghai, China
|Shanghai dumplings with straws from street vendor in Old City
in Shanghai, China
Yu Garden Tea House
|Yu Garden Tea House in Old City in Shanghai, China
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