Yu Garden at City God Temple in Shanghai
An oasis of serenity amidst the bustling city of Shanghai. Yu Garden is located next to the City God Temple and one of the most beautiful places in China.
Entrance to this phenomenal place was 40 yuan, which is around $8 USD but doesn't come with a map so make sure to take a picture of the map when entering the garden.
Outside the Yu Garden is the City God Temple a conglomerate of ancient Chinese temples and houses 100 stores. Fried food is very popular here and can be purchase on almost any corner.
Yuyuan Garden was built between 1559 and 1577 during the Ming Dynasty, simply known as Yu Garden which means "Garden of Peace and comfort".
The place was severely damaged during the Opium Wars of the 19th century but luckily has been restored since.
The garden covers 2 hectares or 5 acres, it must be awesome to play hide-and-seek here as kids. The cobblestone roads were one of the things that took my admiration and the tiny on-site teashop.
IMPORTANT: Careful not to get ripped off by street vendors, take your time to calculate the price in your local currency before making a rushed purchase.
On top of that, be more careful of people in the streets trying to lure you into a teahouse ceremony where you could be scammed often between $75 to $300 dollars if you aren't careful and have your guard down, which unfortunately happened to me, but that shouldn't discourage you from visiting this incredible place, just be aware of your surroundings.