Shanghai, the largest city in China is a maze of modern high rises navigated by about a million people moving fast towards the future. But the heart of the city that is nearly a thousand years old is preserved for posterity in the buildings and lifestyles in old Shanghai. Taking people back to the times of the emperors, the Yuyuan gardens offer a serene escape from the chaos of the city.
Established in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan, it was built to give his old father a place of rest. Passed on from generation to generation, it eventually fell into the hands of other owners, who maintained the costly grounds with the help of local merchants. The wars that ravaged the city in the late 19th and early 20th century took a heavy toll on the garden and nearly all the structures have been destroyed. After recovering it from the Japanese at the end of the World War II, it was given an intensive overhaul before being declared a national monument.
Covering the garden and the city in the background, the flora of the region provides a rich green backdrop for the many traditional temples and pavilions in the garden. Rock and water play an important role in creating the tranquil environment around. A gigantic boulder of 5 tons called Exquisite Jade Rock was meant for Beijing, but was saved from the sinking boat. Water poured on top of the rock will pass through small tunnels and pour out of several openings. It was so admired that a hall was built opposite to allow the visitors to absorb its beauty. The layout of the rockery and landscaping traditions that were practiced 500 years ago follows the Suzhou style. Among the waters and rocks are the pavilions and temples rise up with their red walls and curved grey roofs. Intricate carvings give these buildings a delicate feel.
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