Advantages beautiful traditional chinese garden, perfect
Disadvantages can get touristy sometimes
This garden will take your breath away. It transport you back to the 400 years ago, into the Ming dynasty. Walk through the windy path and pretend you are some rich man or respectable woman back in the days.Getting there?
Reasonable. Expensive compared to other attractions, but DEFINITELY worth it.
The tourist shops within the gardens. Once you reach them, you leave the Ming dynasty into the horrible loud noises of Shanghai. You get saleswomen leeching onto you, telling you how nice this fan is. Or this paperweight. And so on. (NOTE: if you are really really hot, it might be worth to go into the shops just for their air conditioning). Also beware of the chinese tours. They like to congregate at the most beautiful points of the garden, and then the tourist guide will shout into her bright pink miniloudspeaker in a language you won't understand. (NOTE: if you do understand Mandarin, it might be worth follow a group if you wanted to sacrifice your ear drums for some information on the history of the gardens) The times to avoid them are lunch times (I went around 1.30 to 2pm and the garden was gorgeously quiet; around 3pm the tours started and I seek refuge in the quietest corners of the rock mountains).
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