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Hours: Open Daily 7:15 to 17:45
Address: Xuning Men Road in southern Old Yangzhou
Price: 40 yuan
He Yuan is a fun garden to get lost in. Built in 1883, its maze of buildings and residences adapt some Western architectural styles, yet retain a nostalgic late Qing era feel.
This deep, rocky, and elegant place is an intricate weaving of gardens and crimson buildings meshed with buildings within buildings and gardens surrounding gardens. He Yuan emits the feeling of the sun before a rain shower.
There is a certain mystery to the grounds, as finding yourself lost within a forest of towering stones is nearly guaranteed.
A few hundred year old trees cast a long shadow over the two story buildings and lotus ponds, while smaller trees emerge from the rocks and walkways to flower in the spring. Stepping into He Yuan is an escape, and then exiting back out onto the busy street outside will feel like an unfamiliar world. It also lies in a great part of town for street browsing and alley wandering with a great Korean restaurant (Ah Li Lang) just a short walk north of the entrance.
Combo Ticket: For 110 yuan you can get a combo ticket which includes the entrance fees to Slender West Lake, a small museum within the Slender West Lake scenic area, Ge Yuan and He Yuan. It also includes a twenty minute ferry ride down The Grand Canal.
How to Get There:
He Yuan is located south-east of the center of Yangzhou. Tourist buses number 1 and 2 both go to He Yuan, as well as city bus number 9 and 19. It is a short walk west from the south dock of the ferry to He Yuan.