Yuyuan Garden is a traditional
Chinese park complete with beautiful pavilions,
miniature lakes, bridges and rock formations.
This small park is located in the heart
of Shanghai's old Chinese quarter and links
to Yuyuan Market. Built in 1559, in the
Suzhou style by a high official in honor
of his father, the garden has maintained
its classic beauty over the centuries.
The Pavilion of Spring in the
northeast section of the park is famous
for being the headquarters of the anti-imperialist
"Little Sword Society", who in
1853 led an uprising against Qing rule and
occupied Shanghai for 17 months. Weapons,
coins and other objects used by the society
are now housed in an exhibition hall.
Yuyuan Garden's Huxin Ting teahouse
is very popular and numerous stalls sell
delicious Chinese snacks and desserts.