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Shen Yuan (Shen Garden), Shaoxing

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A typical and evocative Chinese garden, the 800-year-old Shen Yuan (Shen Garden) pairs picturesque scenes with a historical and tragic love story. Poet Lu You and Tang Wan fell deeply in love and married young, but the union did not have Lu's mother's blessing, and after three years she forced him to divorce Tang. Although Tang remarried, their love never died and Lu wrote a poem for Tang when they met once again in the garden. Upon reading Lu's poem, she fell ill and subsequently died, though not before writing a poem for Lu in response. The spacious garden affords peaceful strolls amongst rich plant life, a pond filled with lotus, and a traditional timber pavilion. Before you head to Shaoxing, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Shaoxing itinerary planning tool, to make sure you see all that Shaoxing has to offer, including Shen Yuan (Shen Garden).
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  • This is a place of a tragic love story, and the writing of the famous Chinese poem "Hairpin Love." The poem is on a wall in the gardens. The male hero is called Luyou and the female is Tangwan, who...  more »
  • The famous poem is composed here depicting the best love between 2 very talented couple. However the garden is abandoned for too many years and the layout is not as before so it only carries the...  more »
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