August 26, 2009

 

 

Located in the center of the Old City, Yuyuan Garden is considered one of the most lavish and finest Chinese gardens in the region.  The garden was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Pan Yunduan, who spend about 20 years to build this garden to please his parent.The Garden occupies an area of 20,000 square meters (about five acres) dividing into six areas, namely:
However, the small size is not a representative of the attractions of the garden. The pavilions, halls, rockeries, ponds and cloisters in these areas  all have unique characteristics.
Garden areas are separated by “dragon walls” with undulating gray tiled ridges, each terminating in a dragon’s head.

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