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“Guyi Garden and Hsiaolongbao” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Guyi Garden
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Nanxiang Old Town Half Day Tour
Ranked #77 of 1,310 things to do in Shanghai
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“Guyi Garden and Hsiaolongbao”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

Guyi Garden is located near metro line 11, Nanxiang stop. You can take No. 2 bus across the street from the metro, get off at the next stop. When you return you can take either No. 1 or 2 bus and get off at the metro station which is the last stop. It is a 20 minutes walk if that is your preference. The garden is one of the best examples of a Chinese Garden. It is less crowded than the one in Shanghai, the Yu Yuan Garden. The only thing I did not like is the loud singing of amateur Chinese opera singers. They bring their own audio equipment and sing at the top of their lungs. I enjoyed an exhibition of viewing stone in one of the pavilions. The Shanghai hsiaolongbao (meatball in a bun or little bun) originated in Nanxiang. In the immediate neighborhood of Guyi are dotted with restaurants serving hsiaolongbao. The metro ride is about 30 minutes or so from the center of Shanghai. Admission is 12RMB and 10RMB for seniors (bring your passport as proof of your age). Recommended length of visit depends on your interest in the art of Chinese gardens, 1 hour to 3 hours.

Visited October 2013
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“Go for Dumpling at Nanxiang & visit the Garden to relax”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

The Guyi Garden as many people are not aware is one of the oldest gardens in Shanghai.Very beautiful garden, small ponds definitely much calmer & less crowded then Yuyuan Garden. Located 21 Km from city Centre it is on the Metro Line 11 Nanxiang.

Next to the Garden entrance there is a restaurant where they serve the best dumplings in Shanghai. As Nanxiang dumplings are considered to be a speciality.

Visited August 2012
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“beautiful and pristine garden on the right day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2012

i went on a very hot and humid weekend during the lotus exhibtion which was not a good idea as the crowd was massive. however, with intricate topiary, sculptures, varying sizes of ceramic pots – mini ponds adorned with assorted species of water lilies and giant lotus, ancient buildings, flowing weeping willows, curved stone bridges, winding streams and brooks, it is a sizable garden of Eden. shanghaisling really describes it well. but don't expect intricate structures as you see in penang, melacca or other parts of southeast asia. you have to bear in mind that china had gone through the brunt of severe communism and only in recent times, culture is being lauded and promoted again.

i came upon a pavilion with a mature group of ladies, looking upwards at the ceiling, in rapture over the opera being played. in another a slightly younger group with thier own karaoke set, belting out comtemporary songs read from their smart phones as a few watlzed around. it was such a lovely sight to behold - music and dance is really important for the chinese.

the garden is only one, #2 bus stop away from nanxiang metro station and you pay 1 yuan, the price of local bus fare here for where ever you wish to go in town. by taxi, it is a set fee of 14 yuan. entry to the garden is 12 yuan. the toilets were squeeky clean, carry around tissues in china for use in toilet as no toilet paper is provided and there was no fee for use of the toilet.

don't miss the famous shanghai resteraunt adjacent to the garden famous for its mantou - juicy, succulent dumplings with delicious fillings of meat. it will help tremendously if you have some chinese words as no one spoke english and sign language did not help at all. i was lucky, a young girl who spoke some english stepped in and help - it is always the girls, bless them! again, not on a weekend!

Visited August 2012
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“A Beautifully Restored Chinese Garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2012

Guyi Garden's origins dates back to the Tang Dynasty. This 10 hector enclave in the midst of Shanghai's Nanxiang Town area allows one to catch a glimpse of beauty and enjoy the tranquility of a traditional Chinese Garden.

Guyi was razed during the Japanese occupation of China. The buildings and structure has been restored to its original designs as much as possible. The reconstruction began in 1964 and over the years has now been completed. There is one gazebo which has some embellishments to it, to show the dedication of and defiance of China against the insurgent destruction by Japan on their homeland.

The garden is divided into sections, which each have a specific meaning and purpose. One can pass by the children's play area, enjoy swings, slides and various other playground equipment. The play area is surrounded by tall trees, so it can be enjoyed even on the brightest summer days. There are several buildings with specific purposes--meditation, art, viewing the ponds, listening to a traditional concert. We have visited in both winter and the middle of spring. The winter is when they are busy with maintenance on the grounds, but it is still relaxing. In the spring the park becomes a kaleidoscope of color in the serenity of the park with several flowers in bloom in various parts of the garden.

On our spring visit, the garden was bustling with activity in the playground, there was still enough serenity in other parts of the garden to relax, take in the scenery and take some great pictures. In some of the buildings musicians played traditional Chinese instruments, in others there was a chance to quietly relax and drink tea or practice Taiji. It is a place for one who can appreciate the beauty of a Chinese Garden in the midst of a busy city and a tribute to the restoration of China from a very dark part of their past.

It costs 12 RMB to enter for adults. Children less than 1.2 m tall get in free. It is very close to metro line 11.

Visited May 2012
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“Very nice Chinese Garden”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2012

Enjoyed a few hours here. This is a classic Chinese garden. It i mostly used by local, and has very few non-Chinese people visiting. This park is more lovely than Yuyuan Gardens and is FAR less crowded. If you want to have a real Chinese experience in a lovely calm park, this is the one to go to.

Visited April 2012
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