Shanghai's Yu Garden invites you for the meditation in the heavenly oasis of peace. Take the winding paths along the ponds, cross the narrow bridges, stop and gaze at rock formations and relax….
Yu Garden - Shanghai
Gardens in the center of the city are like precious stones in the crown – both cannot proudly exist without each other.
Yu Garden – given its location in the center of Shanghai’s Old Town – a mega-city of 19 millions inhabitants (as of last year), is one of the most precious gems in the crown.
The Yu Garden was established in 1559 by Pan Yunduan, one of high-ranking officials in the Ming Dynasty.
It took him almost 20 years to create this “Heaven on Earth” place of rocky peaks, cliffs, caves, ponds and winding bridges, pavilions and towers – all intertwined in an astonishingly relaxing harmony so deeply rooted in Far-East cultures.
Throughout the following centuries Yu Garden went through waves of periods of prosperity and disarray. Opium Wars, Imperial Rebellions and finally Japanese occupation took the heavy toll on the garden.
What more do we need after a busy day?
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The Gates of Heaven are all opened...
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In the past, the “Middle-Lake Teahouse” was part of the garden, however due to its central location and attractiveness to tea connoisseurs, tea lovers, tea drinkers and those just charmed by its beauty, it was wisely excluded from the garden helping to preserve its main function: a peaceful, relaxing place for reflections and meditation.
The meditation path ...
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Chinese "Art of gardening" seems to be quite different from our understandings... but I love it !
Meandering along Yu Garden paths, stopping on bridges to watch the lazy water, staring at strange forms of rocks… all made by human hands, I realized how much closer to the deep needs of human souls were “Garden’s fathers” from past centuries.
These days our western culture pushes in the totally opposite way – creating all kind of “amusement parks” agitating, provoking and magnifying excitement rather than inspiring peace.
Well, like we do not have enough of it on a daily basis on the roads jammed with traffic, from screaming TV screens, from banks "squeezing" our wallets, from omnipresent aggression… you name it.....
Well, probably the sad conclusion is that our soul's needs are “not well aligned” with money-making process:-(
That reminds me a brilliant thought allegedly coined by (I know, I know, you will not believe me) – by Jimi Hendrix:
We will have a peace when the power of love will overcome the love of power.
However, before you leave the garden please consider opening this gate to find more about Yu Garden - just click the Gate's picture or next
To restart your visit to Shanghai click: Tour of Shanghai
Once (and only once) you relaxed and meditated in Shanghai's Yu Gardens, you can stop at another beautiful Chinese city - Guilin.
You can tour this city of lakes and parks and enter the marvelous underground world of Guilin Caves.
Or relax when cruising on the calm waters of the famous Li River, meandering through its extraordinary landscape.
And after the cruise in the late evening - watch the fabulous show Impression Liu-Sanjie on the Li River's waters.
Or once you finished your Shanghai tour, found the inner peace in Yu Gardens and had a tea in the Middle-lake Teahouse then take advantage of being in China to see Tibet by clicking:
Mt Everest --- and follow several pages
or take the long, road trip: Lhasa - Kathmandu
And DO NOT miss opportunity to see Giant Pandas and their distinct cousins Red Pandas by clicking:
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