Katya Knyazeva (avezink) wrote,
Katya Knyazeva
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Yu Garden: then and now

Yu Garden 豫园 has been recarved and remodeled so many times that you could write a whole book just about its permutations. In 1949, the photographer Jack Birns documented an acrobatics performance on a small square west of the square pond, in front of the the famous ornamental Jade Rock 玉玲珑. Since then, the square has been turned back into a pond that had been there historically.

Looking south:



Here is what that spot looked like in the 1880s (a wider view in the opposite direction, from the south). The rocks were in a different place, pushed further to the north. But this is NOT the zigzag bridge leading to the "Willow-Pattern Teahouse," but a bridge to the west of it:


Map of modern Yuyuan, from The Chinese Garden, with the acrobatic spot outlined.

Tags: 1940s, 1949, mapping, old town, pastvu, shanghai, then and now, yuyuan, 老城厢, 豫园
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