Shanghai Yu Gardens Excursion Reviews

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.
a great place..maybe china how it was..
a great place..maybe china how it was..
a great place..maybe china how it was.. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A great place to visit.
A great place to visit. The structures were wonderful. It was raining the day we visited but going from building to building under covered walkways was just fine.
A great place to visit. The structures were wonderful. It was raining the day we visited but going from building to building under covered walkways was just fine. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
A an unusual garden in the middle of town.
A an unusual garden in the middle of town. Wonderful history.
A an unusual garden in the middle of town. Wonderful history. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
We were left stranded by the tour person
We were left stranded by the tour person
We were left stranded by the tour person Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Our first look at an early Chinese home and gardens.
Our first look at an early Chinese home and gardens.
Our first look at an early Chinese home and gardens. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Lovely garden respite within the confines of modern buildings, with shopping nearby.
Lovely garden respite within the confines of modern buildings, with shopping nearby.
Lovely garden respite within the confines of modern buildings, with shopping nearby. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
A must see.
A must see. Absolutely elegant way of life.
A must see. Absolutely elegant way of life. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
This is a lovely site smack in the middle of the city.
This is a lovely site smack in the middle of the city. Our escort provided an enlightening discourse on the history of the gardens from the 1550's until now.
This is a lovely site smack in the middle of the city. Our escort provided an enlightening discourse on the history of the gardens from the 1550's until now. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Such a surprize after the hustle and bustle of the market - so calm and serene.
Such a surprize after the hustle and bustle of the market - so calm and serene. Once again, enjoyed hearing the history and details of the sculpture within the garden.
Such a surprize after the hustle and bustle of the market - so calm and serene. Once again, enjoyed hearing the history and details of the sculpture within the garden. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Loved the Yu Garden specifically, especially with our tour guide explaining the meaning of so many ...
Loved the Yu Garden specifically, especially with our tour guide explaining the meaning of so many of its features. Nice to have time to shop outside the Garden proper.
Loved the Yu Garden specifically, especially with our tour guide explaining the meaning of so many of its features. Nice to have time to shop outside the Garden proper. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Crowded.Learned why the threshold in the buildings were so high.
Crowded.Learned why the threshold in the buildings were so high.
Crowded.Learned why the threshold in the buildings were so high. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Even in the rain, the coolest city's garden I have been to
Even in the rain, the coolest city's garden I have been to
Even in the rain, the coolest city's garden I have been to Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Very beautiful
Very beautiful
Very beautiful Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
For being surrounded by the metro city, this is a sanctuary to itself.
For being surrounded by the metro city, this is a sanctuary to itself.
For being surrounded by the metro city, this is a sanctuary to itself. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Still beautiful in the rain
Still beautiful in the rain
Still beautiful in the rain Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
This area was so calm and cool.
This area was so calm and cool. The hour tour was well done and the shopping area was also a calm experience.
This area was so calm and cool. The hour tour was well done and the shopping area was also a calm experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Unlike most people, I am actually interested in plants, so I held out some hope that this segment ...
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Shanghai was our favorite city in China.
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
Our first excursion.
Our first excursion. It was the perfect introduction to China. Beautiful buildings and gardens, relaxed pace, great information.
Our first excursion. It was the perfect introduction to China. Beautiful buildings and gardens, relaxed pace, great information. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
The first tour we took, once rested.
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 ... Read More
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. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises
We thought the Gardens were beautiful and a great introduction to our experience in China.
We thought the Gardens were beautiful and a great introduction to our experience in China.
We thought the Gardens were beautiful and a great introduction to our experience in China. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking River Cruises