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Shanghai’s original walls live on in the curve of the streets that serve as the border to the old city. An aerial view shows a clear circular outline and parts of the original wall are preserved as monuments to the ancient past. The main tourist attraction of Yuyuan (which means Yu garden, though it is often redundantly referred to as Yuyuan Garden) draws hordes of tourists every day, but wandering the streets around the complex reveals more exciting attractions such as food and antique markets. There are also streets lined with shops peddling everyday wares such as Chinese dining ware and craft notions that can be even more enticing to visitors uninterested in the usual tourist fare.
I stumbled upon a beauty and stepped back in time. The old architecture coexisting with the new buildings in the background. A street lined with Chinese New Year (CNY) lanterns with all kinds of small shops - from galleries, metal doors, clothes, jade stones, jewellery, souvenirs and food. I loved it.
This street leads you to the Yu Gardens' shopping...
Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks
reviewed 4 days ago by Scott-KTM950
The buildings here are really impressive.
Very busy area as popular with both locals and tourists.
The only thing that lets it down is the invasion of high street chain shops. It somehow takes away from the buildings.
Well worth a visit though.
Amazing place to bargain and find some typical souvenirs from China.
The places expect you to bargain so if you can come with locals it will be much easier!
It was very crowded (Sunday) so better watch out for wallets and bags while there!
Cross the Jiuqu Bridge to a pavilion in the middle of a lake just outside the entrance to Yu Gardens. The Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse has a sign that says that it’s over 200 years old, which means you can have the privilege of having tea just like the merchants and Shanghai elites of the Qing Dynasty. The tea served is...
You have to come to this Shaoxing restaurant with a local, because it's in an obscure area of town, the menu is in Chinese, and the staff don't speak English. You also have to be open-minded and adventurous, as unlike other Chinese regional cuisines, Shaoxing is more 'rural' in flavour. Specialities include fried stinking tofu, drunken chicken (the version here...
There is always a long wait but worth the wait on the 3rd floor. You can review the menu while you wait. I waited for 10-minutes, which is not too bad. You need to pay in cash right after you ordered. If you only want hot water for drink, it is self-service. There are plenty of vegetarian dishes. But for...
This is one of the most famous restaurant in Shanghai where world leaders such as Queen Elizabeth II and former President Bill Clinton have also dined here. It is popular for its delicious Shanghai-style food and dim sum. Good service and variety choices for vegetarian too.
A fantastic hotel in a good location. 15 minute walk to the bund. And metro station across the road to everywhere else. I unfortunately left my wallet in the room but they organised to send to me without fuss. They were great!
The only problem was the lack of english speakers in the concierge. But we managed.
This hotel was perfect from even before we arrived. I emailed with some questions and got an EXTENSIVE, personal answer to all of them. We arrived early and they prepared the room for us, they gave us lots of information and were very friendly. The location is perfect. Our room, a family room, was very large and comfortable. Definitely a...
Stayed here for 2 nights before joining a cruise. Rooms can be described as just adequate. Shower water pressure is very low. Broadband is sketchy but free. Carpets stained and beds are hard. The rooms were clean but need a long overdue update, other than that it was a good enough room. Hooray for Starbucks and a handy convenience store....
Booked this hotel on a "Mystery 4 Star" deal through Wotif. I was very nervous after looking up TripAdvisor once I knew hotel name.
Well... we were pretty happy / lucky.
I requested non smoking, and quiet room. We got room 6033, well towards back of the hotel, but we're very happy with our room. A little stale air -...
"Clean Budget Hotel.....AND...Possibly the Noisiest Hotel on the Planet!"
reviewed 3 days ago by Homeawayfromhomestay
The location is near Yu Garden, and it is an interesting area with access to the metro and to the garden and to old alleyways of China, some of which have tourist shoppes. The staff at the front desk is professional, the bed is clean, the shower is good, the rate is cheap, so those are the basic pros. For...