The Guyi Park is a very pleasant place for a stroll. It was originally constructed during the Ming Dynasty by an officer and offers several beautiful corridors, teahouses and landscaped gardens that surround the centrally located lake covered with lily pads. The garden has been expanded and rebuilt several times but is a very attractive place.
The Guyi Park is a classic Chinese garden in Shanghai’s Nanxiang town. It is located around 21 kilometers from the center of the town and has been designed as per the typical, classic Jiangnan style garden. Guyi Park is considered to be among the five most popular and important classic gardens in Shanghai.
Originally, the Guyi Park had been owned in the Jiajing era by Min Shiji, a local magistrate during the Ming Dynasty. The garden passed through the hands of several people and had been remodeled extensively in 1746 during Qing Dynasty’s Qianlong era. In the year 1789, the people in the area pooled their funds to purchase the garden so it could be the spiritual home of patron deity of prefecture that is associated with the City God Temple of the town. Guyi Park was then a communal property and it went through several new additions of shrines and pavilions as well as restaurants, taverns and shops.
Guyi Park Today
After several reconstructions and extensions, Guyi Park today covers an area of around 97,479 square meters. It includes six main attractions: blue clear garden, crane and pine garden, Mandarin Duck Lake, white stork arbor, Playing Goose Pond and the Hermitage Pavilion. In 1931, the arbor with one lacking corner had been built. The lacking corner in the roof pointed towards northwest for reminding people of the 8.13 event. The three other corners are raised up like clenched fists and arms which symbolize the resistance of the people.
The Main Highlights
Some of the most important highlights of the Guyi Park are the artistic pavements, the scrolls covered with couplets, ancient buildings, winding brooks and large bamboo forests. The garden has all the classic components of ancient Chinese gardens like the artistically shaded paths, twisted brooks, ponds and pavilions. It also showcases the important attributes of Ming Dynasty gardens- simple, elegant, delicate and pretty. Some of the important cultural relics in the Guyi Park like the stone pillar with Buddhist scriptures inscribed from Tang Dynasty as well as the Song Dynasty’s pagoda are still well preserved.
This popular classic Guyi Park is laid out surrounding the Frolicking Goose Pond surrounding which are various streams, winding paths, pavilions, terraces and chambers. The garden is also home to two Ynxiang Pagodas that can be traced back to 1400 years in the past. These are the oldest pagodas in the city and are highly popular.
A Major Tourist Attraction
Guyi Park includes a number of tourist attractions among which the most popular ones are the Nanxiang Wall, Mandarin Duck Lake, Clear and Green Garden, Crane and Pine Garden, the Goose Pond and the Yiye Hall. The beautiful pebble paths, poems, antithetical couplets and the ancient architectural style represent the fine, elegant and ancient style that was typically found in the gardens of the past eras.