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Shanghai Yu Gardens cruise excursion
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One of the most lavish and finest Chinese gardens in Shanghai. Established in 1559, the gardens feature five acres of spellbinding cliffs, winding caves and gorges, ponds, and glorious pavilions and pagodas.
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1 review
Oct 2015
Very beautiful
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Provider: Viking River Cruises
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1 review
Aug 2015
For being surrounded by the metro city, this is a sanctuary to itself.
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Provider: Royal Caribbean International
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1 review
Aug 2015
Still beautiful in the rain
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Provider: Viking River Cruises
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1 review
Jul 2015
This area was so calm and cool. The hour tour was well done and the shopping area was also a calm experience.
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Provider: Viking River Cruises
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1 review
Jul 2015
Unlike most people, I am actually interested in plants, so I held out some hope that this segment of our tour might be interest me. In it, we learned the theory behind the construction of Chinese gardens. Plants themselves are low on the priority list in Chinese gardens. If you, like me, are also interested in plants, you won't find anything interesting here. Chinese gardens are more about architecture, water spaces, bridges and 'spaces for contemplation.' Certainly not for the contemplation of plants and flowers. Surrounding the garden is an extensive tourist trap area, a kind of Disneyland with Chinese-looking buildings. Along with the usual shops for blowing your cash on trinkets and overpriced clothing and artifacts, there are a few shops selling food and a Starbucks. We had buns (bao) served with straws. We had to see why they were served with straws. Pretty good, but extremely hot, soup inside the bao.
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Provider: Viking River Cruises
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3 reviews
Oct 2014

Shanghai was our favorite city in China. We took a 2 day pre-extension that included a tour of Suzhou, a canal boat trip, and tour of silk Factory #1. It was quite a long ride from Shanghai to Suzhou starting from the Westin just off the Bund. The Westin was fabulous and their breakfasts were the very best, but was not impressed with their Chinese restaurant on the 5th floor. The Humble Administrator's Garden was nice, but I almost think the Yu Gardens we saw 2 days later in Shanghai was just as nice and within walking distance of the hotel! I did enjoy the canal ride but could have skipped the silk factory. If you have seen one, you have seen them all and I had already seen 2 previously. Our 2nd day was on our own and we walked along the Bund from the hotel and saw the Bund museum under a monument across from the Peace Hotel. We walked Nanking Road to People's Park and caught the Big Bus there. The Bus gave you earphones and had a good commentary. We went to Jing'an Temple and the Jade Buddah Temple. If you have not seen Buddhist's Temples before, you should definitely go. If you have already seen quite a few like we had, you could skip these as they are just average IMO. In the evening we took the Big Bus across to Pudong and had a light dinner on their boat, then cruised down the river to see the glorious lightshow on both sides. This is like Las Vegas without the gambling. It is just amazing. The next day was the official beginning of the tour package and we saw the Yu Gardens, then a city tour to the Shanghai Museum, followed by a stop at the Bund. After dinner we were driven to see the Shanghai acrobatic show. I am definitely not fond of acrobatic shows, but this was actually very enjoyable. It featured Chinese long sleeve dancing and music as well as some pretty amazing stunts.
We found Shanghai to be amazingly vibrant and loved the juxtaposition between the stately elegance of the Bund and the new cutting edge architecture of Pudong.

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Provider: Big Bus
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2 reviews
Sep 2013

Our first excursion. It was the perfect introduction to China. Beautiful buildings and gardens, relaxed pace, great information.

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Provider: Viking River Cruises
Member Image PamRodgers
1 review
Jul 2013

The first tour we took, once rested. First experience with Chinese art, architecture, furniture, culture and vendors. Everything was new to us and therefore awesome, and our guide was very clear about organizational matters, and how to "deal with" the sometimes aggressive vendors that are pervasive throughout the tourist areas of China.

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Provider: Viking River Cruises
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1 review
Apr 2013

We thought the Gardens were beautiful and a great introduction to our experience in China.

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Provider: Viking River Cruises

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