The 400-year-old Yu Yuan Gardens were built in the Ming Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Jia Jin. Recognized as a significant national heritage site, the Gardens are a remarkable representation of a southern Chinese-style garden. Visitor highlights include the Jade Exquisite, one of the three most famous jade stones in East China. The famous City God Temple is right next to the garden. An enchanting location, the garden's beautiful ponds, rockeries, traditionally designed chambers and pavilions add to the Chinese charm. More recently, a shopping bazaar has developed around the attraction. Loud, bustling and full of character, tourists can brush up on their bargaining skills as they shop for souvenirs and gifts. Whether you want to admire the architecture, get some peace or experience history, the gardens are definitely not to be missed.