Yu yuan Garden

While still living in Shanghai I had to visit some more tourist attractions, so I went to Yu yuan some time ago. Yu garden is located in the old city of Shanghai, surrounded by some horrible souvenir shops where Chinese people try to sell you cheap Made in China stuff with a profit margin about 90% high.


The garden itself is beautiful and more “Chinese looking” unlike most of Shanghai. I went during the week at afternoon and it wasn’t very crowded, I don’t know about weekends and holidays though. The admission fee was a couple of euros and well worth it.

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There were a lot of different kinds trees and plants, including bamboos of course.


Seeing so many ponds with koi fish in China made me curious about what happens to them during the winter. I looked it up and apparently they survive even snow and ice.

Koi fish

In China dragons symbolize power, strength and all kinds of good things. I’ve heard that a lot of parents want their child to be born in the year of the dragon. I was one of the lucky kids.

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Dragon wall

The garden has also many Chinese style buildings between the trees and plants.

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Right outside the garden the area is packed with foreign and chinese tourists, worth walking through but personally I prefer shopping on eBay.

Outside the garden

Chinese printing

I’ve been doig some work for my roommate’s business and this time we wanted to get boxes printed for tablet pc’s. I prepared a file with Illustrator and we took it to a printing shop. They made us a sample, it was accepted and the production could begin. They printed us a bit over 100 boxes…

The original logo for the print.
The original logo for the print.

However, someone at the printing shop decided to use his design skills by modifying the original logo. Some of the straight lines on the letters were made curvy and something weird happened for the lower part of the X-letter.

The new logo.
The new logo.

There was also some stuff between the paper and the box. The guys were eating rice while working?

Something between the box and paper.
Something between the box and the paper.

We suggested the printing place would just print out new paper/ sticker whatever to cover the boxes that were messed up, but they said they couldn’t do it, so we’re now waiting for whole new boxes. Looking forward for the result!

And btw none of us are professionals on graphic design, but aren’t the businesses supposed to do what we pay them for, not what they think might look cool? Especially when not informing the customer of the changes made on the design.

China is sometimes like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get!