Yes, it’s ok to wonder why the title of the post refers to a park and the featured picture is a giant pile of dumplings, there’s a perfectly good explanation.
Ten stops north of Jiangsu Station on Line 11, where the Shanghai Metro first surfaces above ground, you will find Nanxiang Station. From the mall surrounding the metro you are just a short ten minute walk from a hidden treasure, Guyi Garden Park. It’s a bit of a trek from most neighborhoods in Shanghai but well worth the trip. Suggestion, go on an empty stomach.
The park is enclosed by nature and some man made cement walls preventing outsiders from really appreciating the beauty inside, but once you enter it is quite a spectacle.
Unable to read Mandarin we couldn’t quite figure out the significance of this first sight, but upon entering Guyi Garden the first display was an old car covered in flowers, parked in front of a traditional Chinese stone wall.
This was the first, and last, thing out of place in the park.
Once we rounded the corner the park opened up to a series of attractions from ponds, Bonsai trees, little waterfalls, zig zag bridges, stairs, caves, rock structures and plenty of ancient architecture.
T taking in the sites of Guyi Park, he fell asleep before we arrived.
As is common in most Shanghai parks, people were there to relax, eat, dance, exercise and take in the sites and sounds of the park. Of course, no trip to the park these days is complete without the chance to finish on a playground.
However, this particular park had one special attraction. Being so far out from the city center it was impressive to see how many people ventured to Guyi Garden. Though the little secret is out, people travel out here for the food. At the far end of the park is the Guyi Garden Restaurant. They serve a famous version of the Shanghai specialty, xiaolongbao, Chinese soup dumplings. Following our stroll through the park we stopped for lunch and conquered numerous pork dumplings before returning home.
Patrons sit at family style seating arrangements in the dining hall at Guyi Garden Restaurant.
Additional seating is available out back. 30 RMB gets you 16 pork dumplings.