Frustrated with all those over-packed tourists spots in China? Walk a little bit further, pay a little more, step into Yu Gardens and see all the Chinese elements you want to see - without squeezing among tourists.
When you are in China you always expect to see some of those “Chinese-style” temples, gardens, tea houses and all that. However, in Shanghai, one of the only places where you can see a lot of that is in Chenghuang Temple. The downside is, it’s always packed and full of picture taking tourists blocking your view. So, the only photos that come out of your LOMO camera are mostly photos of tourists.
Now, if you really want to be taking pictures of all those traditional Chinese elements without much disruption, just walk a little bit further, pay about RMB30 and step into Yu Gardens, the place where where you will find rock lion statues guarding in front of the doors, ponds with countless goldfishes, traditional red buildings decorated by little lanterns and green willows everywhere you walk. Also, you can have a stroll at the mini-museum somewhere in garden and see the objects that form Chinese history.
So, take a walk in the Yu Gardens and enjoy the peace and quiet you can never experience outside it.