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Yuyuan Bazaar

The centuries-old oasis at the heart of Shanghai’s ancient walled city combines the idyll of beautiful blooms with the buzz of maze-like lanes lined with stalls.

Wander around the twisting alleys of Shanghai’s Yuyuan Bazaar to experience the vivid clash of sights and sounds. A jumble of stalls spill out of the magnificent classical Chinese architecture and display a huge array of souvenirs, crafts and artworks. Get swept up in the atmosphere of the crowded lanes as you peruse the items for sale, which range from gloriously kitschy to totally unique. Stop by the bazaar’s renowned teahouse or take a breather in the temple. Examine the delicate plantings in the Yuyuan Garden and learn about this district’s fascinating history.

City walls dating back to the 15th century once enclosed the district. Formerly a Chinese enclave when the city was divided into foreign districts, Yuyuan has retained its connections to traditional Chinese culture. Browse the array of Old Shanghai treasures and pick up artworks and craft items. You might find antiques, silk fans and objects made from shells and bamboo. Intricate paintings are also available for sale.

Follow your nose to one of the vendors selling Shanghai specialty street food. Grab a bowl of Shanghai xiao long bao (soup dumplings) or try vegetarian buns and chicken soup. Breathe in the delicate aroma and experience traditional ceremonies at the Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse. The Taoist Temple of the Town God is another pleasant spot to escape and enjoy some peace.

Save some time to explore the inimitable Yuyuan Gardens. Founded in the 16th century, this tranquil garden is one of Shanghai’s most significant landmarks. Admire the heritage plantings of luohan pines, willows, dawn redwoods and gingko trees. In spring and summer, experience the rich fragrance of cherry blossoms and magnolia flowers.

Reach the narrow laneways of Yuyuan Bazaar by taxi to the city’s Nanshi Old Town. The area can get very crowded on weekends, so allow plenty of time to get around the bazaar, gardens and dumpling houses. The bazaar is free to visit, but there is an admission fee to enter the gardens. Yuyuan Bazaar is open daily until late in the evening.

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555 Middle Xizang Road, (Close to Nanjing), Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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    The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai ¥14,704
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    The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

    88 Henan Central Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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        505 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Les Suites Orient, Bund Shanghai

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            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            No. 839 Renmin Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Shanghai, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Yu Garden, City God Temple, and The Bund. Jinling East Road Ferry Wharf and Nanjing Road Shopping District are also within 15 minutes. Yuyuan Garden Station is 6 minutes by foot and Dashijie Station is 15 minutes.

              Guxiang Hotel Shanghai (Howard Johnson Plaza) ¥10,397
              Guxiang Hotel Shanghai (Howard Johnson Plaza)

              Guxiang Hotel Shanghai (Howard Johnson Plaza)

              595 Jiu Jiang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Sofitel Shanghai Hyland ¥11,288
                Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

                Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

                505 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, Shanghai
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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