The Yu Yuan Garden area is located a few blocks south of the Bund. It was the downtown of Shanghai for several hundred years before the mid-19th century.
Today this area includes the Yu Yuan Garden, City God Temple, the Huxingting Teahouse, the Bridge of Nine Turnings, hundreds of traditional Chinese shops and restaurants, and the famous Shanghai old street. By walking along the Shanghai old street, you can see the culture and architecture from the Ming Dynasty through Qing Dynasty and into the Chinese Republican era.
The Yu Yuan Garden covers an area of just two hectares north of the City God Temple. The garden is an incredible maze of gorgeous pavilions, elaborate rockeries, quaint bridges, and rippling fish ponds, encircled by a whitewash wall.
The Yu Yuan Garden area seems to naturally invoke nostalgia. Locals habitually come here to enjoy leisure. For visitors, this area is the top traditional attraction of Shanghai. A trip to shanghai is never complete without a visit to the Yu Yuan Garden area.