Yuyuan, the famous garden built, starting in 1559, with pavilions, ponds, rocks and enchanting views, is a wonder for the eyes and it is also a place that was conceived to keep bad luck outside its walls. Acting as guards are the “Ddragon Walls” - walls with crests and scales winding into phenomenal dragons’ heads. The most beautiful of them all - known as the Dragon crossing the clouds - hides a detail which few are aware of - a tiny stone toad, positioned under its chin. An unusual and extravagant touch, but rife with significance. While, traditionally, the dragon represents strength and luck, the toad represents well-being and longevity. The Huxinting Tea House, right in the middle of the lake, was also built to keep evil spirits at bay, thanks to the zig-zag bridge leading to its entrance. It’s winding path is meant to impede them from getting to the building and disturbing its guests. And not just your ordinary guests - since 1855, the year in which this private refuge from the Ming Dynasty was turned into a tea house, Huxinting has received illustrious visitors from around the world. Even Bill Clinton and Queen Elizabeth II sipped tea within its walls during their respective visits to Shanghai.