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Shanghai Sights: Yu Garden

Shanghai Sights: Yu Garden

After a little … okay, a long break due to my recent trips, the recounting of the Shanghai Sights I visited with my parents continues. Today’s sight: Yu Garden.

Yu Garden is a Chinese Garden located in the old city center of Shanghai. It’s one of the most famous attractions in Shanghai and thanks to my parents I finally went. The area around it, Yuyuan Old Street, is super busy, even on a Monday. Thankfully, the garden was pretty quiet and we spent a relaxed hour walking around.

Here is a little picture collection, some from me and some from my dad’s camera:

Fun facts

Yu Garden is sometimes also called Yuyuan Garden. This translates to Yu Garden Garden, so it should either be called Yuyuan or Yu Garden.

The Zig Zag bridge leads to the main entrance of the garden. According to the recordings we listened to during the bike tour it was built like this to keep ghosts away and so you have more time to appreciate the view when crossing it.

The tea house in front of the garden is not only very pretty but also super expensive. Queen Elizabeth II. has enjoyed some tea there when she visited Shanghai. Maybe there is a relation between those 2 facts 🙂

Shanghai Sights: Jing’An Temple

Shanghai Sights: Jing’An Temple

Jing’An Temple is a big golden Buddhist temple and the place our district is named after. It is our closest metro stop and the actual temple is a short walk away. We’ve driven past it many many times on our way to work and seen the outside lots of times. Still, it took me almost a year to finally go inside.

The first time I went was at the end of April when a colleague from Germany was in town.

… and I went again with my dad last weekend, so I thought it’s time to finally make a post about “our” temple.

Fun facts

The shrine at the entrance is really tall and people try to throw coins into it for good luck. Dad made it on the first (okay, it was really the fourth) try 🙂

Jing’An Temple was first built almost 2000 years ago, relocated to where it is now over 800 years ago but then used as a plastic factory during the cultural revolution. In the 1980s it was turned into a temple again and then got renovated in 2010, so that’s why it looks very shiny and new.

Shanghai Sights: M50

Shanghai Sights: M50

This morning we said good-bye to our second visitors: my parents. They only stayed with us for a few days after their 2-week tour through China but we tried to squeeze in some sightseeing in addition to the dumpling eating 🙂 There were also some spots on the list I hadn’t been to before, so this will be the start of a few posts about the Shanghai sights we saw. Up first: M50.

On Saturday we headed to M50, an art district named after its address 50 Moganshan Road. It consists of many little galleries/studios you can visit with different types of art. Paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, pottery, jewelry … there is lots to see.

In one store we encountered a rather pushy artist trying to sell us every piece in the space but mostly, you can just wander around and look. While I’m not very into art/ don’t know much about it, I think M50 is a cool place to spend a couple hours exploring.