Last Sunday Shanghai surprised us with hot and steamy weather, so we decided to visit the Shanghai Botanical Gardens, that have long been on our to-do-list! The entry fee is only ¥15 and you could easily spend many hours in the gardens, renting a boat to go around the lake, picnicking with friends or just relaxing in the sun to get away from the hectic city life.
Cosy pavilions framed by beautiful flowers inviting its visitors to dream and relax…
The botanical gardens are surprisingly huge with lots of different areas, including greenhouses, outdoor dining areas, picnic areas, bonsai gardens and much more!
The Bonsai Garden @ Shanghai Botanical Gardens
For an additional fee (just ¥7), you can visit the Bonsai Garden. It’s totally worth it, as it’s a really quiet, calm oasis. A must do in Shanghai for Bonsai tree lovers! (Although I have to say, the Bonsai Garden in the Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou is still a touch more spectacular!)
Overall, the atmosphere in the gardens is very peaceful and despite us visiting on a Sunday, it was not crowded at all. It’s such a short taxi ride away from the city center that we think it’s a must do on a sunny day.
Address & Opening Hours:
947 Longwu Lu,
near Baise Lu
(Just 15 minutes by taxi from Xujiahui / Xuhui)
Open daily, 8am-5pm
Have you visited the Shanghai Botanical Gardens yet and did you enjoy your visit?