Guyi Garden in Shanghai

Why is Guyi Garden in Shanghai so Special?

Guyi Garden is a classical Chinese garden. The garden is located about 21 kilometres (13 mi) from the city centre. Designed in the typical style of a Jiangnan classical garden, Guyi Garden is regarded as one of the five most important classical gardens of Shanghai.

Where is Guyi Garden in Shanghai in Shanghai?

The Guyi Garden is located in the town of Nanxiang in the suburban Jiading District of Shanghai.

How to Get There?

  • Take Metro Line 11 and get off at Nanxiang Station. Get out from the Exit 1 and walk west for about 1 km (1,100 yards).
  • Take Bus No. 62, 821, 828, Hutang Special Line, Jiading 52, Jiading 110, Jiading 111, Jiading 115, Jiading 119, or Shangjia Line and get off at Guyiyuan (Ancient Yi Garden) Station.


The layout of the garden trees and rocks are from the famous Zhuyu Song Jiang set bamboo hands. Take “Book of Songs,” “green bamboo Yi Yi,” the sentence, naming “Yi Park.” The garden was originally owned by magistrate Min Shiji during the Jiajing era (1522–1566) of the Ming dynasty. After passing through various private hands, it was extensively re-modelled in 1746, during the Qianlong era of the Qing dynasty. In 1789, the local gentry pooled funds and purchased the garden to serve as the spiritual home of the patron deity of the prefecture, associated with the local City God Temple. The garden then become communal property, and saw the addition of various pavilions and shrines, as well as the opening of shops, taverns and restaurants.


Flower Fragrance Park

Nanxiang Screen Hall, Fragrance Veranda and Nine Zigzag Bridge are the main scenic spots of Flower Fragrance Park. There are the most varieties of flowers here, including Peony, lotus, cherry blossom, plum blossom, etc. flower exhibitions are held in different seasons, adding a lively atmosphere. The nine zigzags on the bridge are designed to confuse evil spirits and prevent them from crossing the bridge.

Crane in Stream Pond

Crane Longevity Pavilion, Twin Crane Residence and Willow Shadow Bridge are the main scenic spots in Crane in Stream Pond Area. The eaves of the twin crane pavilion are in the shape of a crane. The purpose of natural buildings is to help tourists relax and get rid of the pressure of daily life.

Since the Ming Dynasty, the layout of the garden has focused on Teasing Goose Pond. Because it is a big garden, the streams in it flow a long distance between pools of different sizes and shapes. After several repairs, the waterscape of tea goose pond, mandarin duck pond, lotus pond and Guiqiu lake are connected with each other, forming a coherent waterscape

Moonlit Bamboo Garden

The patterned path is another feature of the garden. These paths are not only for walking, but also for appreciating works of art. The material and shape of these characteristic paths vary from scenic spot to scenic spot. Ordinary paths are made of ordinary sand and small stones. The paths around the pavilions are made of rubble and tiles, forming mosaic of animals and plants. The path around the rockery is like a dragon. These special paths guide visitors to different places of interest.

Useful Travel Tips

1.Admission Fee: CNY 12; Free for children under 1.3 meters (4.3 feet) in height

2.Opening Hours: South Gate: 7:00-18:00; North Gate: 6:00-17:00

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Edited by Olive Zhang/张银芳