Shanghai Yu Gardens Excursion Reviews
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.
Our first excursion. It was the perfect introduction to China. Beautiful buildings and gardens, relaxed pace, great information.
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.
We thought the Gardens were beautiful and a great introduction to our experience in China.