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Yuyuan Garden

Yuyuan Garden

Yuyuan Garden,lies in Huangpu District of Shanghai,is a private garden in Ming Dynasty and was built in 1559 and finished in 1577.

Over the 400 years, Yuyuan Garden had undergone many changes. During the late Ming Dynasty, it became very dilapidated, and was bought by some merchants, who spent more than 20 years to reconstruct the buildings starting from 1760.

If you make a visit there, you will find a rockery, which is called Great Rockery when you enter the garden. It is the largest and the oldest rockery in the southern region of the Yangtze River. On the top of the rockery, you can get a bird's eye view of the garden. Cuixiu Hall,sits at the foot of the rockery,is a peaceful place surrounded by old trees and beautiful flowers.

Besides, Sansui Hall, Dianchun Hall, Hexu Hall, Dianchun Hall, Yule Pavilion and Wanhua Chamber, pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards as well as many other natural features are found there, and all buildings are surrounded by derious cloisters and old trees.

The true treasure of Yuyuan Garden is the Exquisite Jade Rock which is one of the three famous rocks in the southern region of the Yangtze River. The rock is 3.3 meters (about 10.8 feet) in height and has 72 holes. If you burn a joss stick just below the rock, the smoke will magically float out from all of the holes. Similarly, when you pour water into the rock from top, the water will flow out from each hole creating a spectacular sight to see. The furnishings in the hall are made of top grade rosewood of the Ming Dynasty, appearing both natural and graceful.

The Inner Garden was a separate garden built in 1709, but now is a part of Yuyuan Garden in the south. The Inner Garden is compact and exquisite.