Yu Garden, Shanghai
Tel: 86 21 6326 0830
Concierge.com's insider take:
A lot of history resides in this little garden and its City God Temple. They were commissioned in 1559, built over the course of 19 years, destroyed in 1842 during the first Opium War, and later rebuilt and reopened to the public in their current incarnation in 1961. Pathways wind through rock gardens and bamboo stands, and stone bridges cross pools filled with bright carp. The word yu translates to "peace and health"and the park was certainly designed with tranquility in mindbut today, especially on weekends, swarms of tourists get in the way of the garden's serenity.
Garden open daily 8:30 am to 5 pm. City God Temple open daily 8:30 am to 4 pm.