Events, including Chinese opera, are sometimes held in the gardens — ask our guide if anything is happening during your visit!
The Moon View Pavilion is found in the Kezhi Garden, in a suburb of Shanghai known as Zhujiajiao. This ancient water town is renowned throughout China, with a history stretching back almost 2000 years. With its charming waterways and curved rock bridges, it is no surprise to hear it described as “The Venice of Shanghai.” It is also known rather poetically as Pearl Stream, and it is certainly the best preserved of the four ancient towns in Shanghai.
Apart from the ancient dwellings built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Zhujiajiao is also home to the magnificent Kezhi Garden. This huge garden is commonly known as Ma Family Garden, after a former host named Ma Wenqin, and it consists of three parts. In the artificial hill area there is symbolic architecture, including a five-story building upon which stands the diametric Moon View Pavilion.
The Kezhi Garden is among the largest in southern China and offers the kind of tranquility that is hard to come by amid the exhilarating and sometimes overwhelming full-throttle development of Chinese cities. Quiet and secluded, a trip to the Moon View Pavilion is a welcome reminder of Chinese history before the 20th century.
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