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Yu Yuan Garden is a famous landscape garden in Anren Jie. It was finished in 1577 by a government officer of the Ming Dynasty, named Pan Yunduan. It was maintained and expanded by his family, but with its decline became dilapidated. In 1760 rich merchants acquired it and spent more than 20 years reconstructing it. During the Opium Wars of 19th century it declined again. The present look of the garden is the result of painstaking 5-year restoration, carried out in 1956-61.

The Garden occupies 20,000 square metres. It is divided into six main scenic areas: Sansui Hall, Wanhua Chamber, Dianchun Hall, Huijing Hall, Yuhua Hall and the Inner Garden. The Great Rockery is located right near the entrance. It has a height of about 14 metres and is the largest and the oldest in southern region of Yantze River. Its top offers a panoramic view of the garden. Cuixiu Hall near it is an elegant building surrounded by flowers and trees.

Sansui Hall was built in 1760 for private parties, later it hosted ceremonies for the gentlemen and bookmen. It has the height of 9 m and features five separate halls. Yule Pavilion and Wanhua Chamber are the ensemble of corridors, streams, courtyards, and many other natural features. The trees around them are said to be planted 400 years ago.

The Dianchun Hall is located east of Wanhua Chamber. It was once a meeting place for Xiaodao Hui, a revolutionary group which intended to overthrow Qing Dynasty in 1835. Their coins and bulletins are now on display. The complex comprises Hexu Hall, Relic Hall, Ancient Well Pavilion, and the Acting-and-Sing Stage.

The Jade Rock is the jewel of the garden. It is remarkable by unique properties. The  rock has 72 holes. When one burns a joss stick below it, the smoke comes out from all the holes, when one pours water on its top, it runs from all the holes, creating a spectacular sight. The Inner Garden has many ponds and flowers.

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