Day By Day

Monday, August 08, 2011

Return to China -- Part 41, The Yuyuan Garden

After a brief shopping opportunity in Old Town Shanghai we assembled and we proceeded to the Yu Garden, one of several private gardens assembled by high ranking officials for their personal enjoyment. This is one of the best -- constructed back in the sixteenth century for one of the officials of the Ming Dynasty.

Look Ma! Fish!

We walked through a maze of walkways and pavilions that were impressively picturesque.

I was particularly interested in the numerous roof and wall decorations.

These are three-toed dragons. The owner, Pan En, may have been a high ranking official, but he was not the emperor, and only the emperor was allowed to display four-toed dragons.

And of course there was yet another shopping opportunity.

Then it was back out into the narrow passages and shops of Old Town Shanghai.

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