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Shanghai Yu Yuan to double in size

Posted on April 3, 2011 2:00pm

Shanghai Yu Yuan Garden

Shanghai’s landmark tourist destination admits it’s just too crowded, and announces plans to double in size within the next decade.

Of all the places in Shanghai that represent the true and utter chaos that 23 million people living together create, it's Yu Yuan, or Yu Garden. But that might all change as reports surface that they’re finally doing something about the overcrowding.

According to, Yuyuan will expand from its present 250,000 sq. meters to 500,000 sq. meters in five to eight years. Future details about what will take up the extra space -- other than people -- will be released by the end of this year.

Yu Yuan, in the center of the old city, is one of Shanghai’s main cultural attractions -- but it has a reputation for being one of the most overcrowded tourist areas. At peak times, overcrowded might a gross understatement.

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