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Win a holiday to the Maldives and Dubai worth £12,000 - THE WHERE ARE YOU? TRAVEL COMPETITION: DECEMBER 2016 @ Conde Nast Traveller

We're giving away a week's holiday for two, staying in Anantara's dreamy overwater villas in the Maldives and Dubai.
The winner and a guest will stay for five nights at Anantara Kihavah Villas on a paradise desert island in the Maldives, in a villa suspended above turquoise waters; and two nights in a Thai-style overwater villa at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort Dubai.
The prize, worth £12,000, includes bed-and-breakfast accommodation, return flights from London to Dubai and Malé International airports with Emirates Holidays, and transfers - including seaplane transfers between Malé and the Anantara Kihavah Villas.

To enter, click to see a photograph of a mystery destination. Read the clue and see if you can identify the location in the photograph.

Please see comment#1 for the clues and my answer.

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Thank you for entering this competition, and good luck!
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CLUES:
Set amidst thick foliage, with the scent of magnolia grandiflora so powerful it could be bottled, this is a hidden retreat from the outside world.

Originally conceived more than 400 years ago, this classical garden was developed by a government officer for his parents to enjoy their retirement in.

In the years since its creation, however, the garden has been anything but peaceful after changing hands several times and facing the ravages of war. Its current appearance is the result of restoration efforts at the end of the 20th century.

A key landmark is a five-tonne rock that has been wrinkled by erosion, and is said to have been carried for miles across the country before reaching the garden.

Covering about five acres, the garden gives ample opportunity for visitors to lose themselves in a maze of arched bridges, walkways, pavilions and rockeries - though they can always count on their movements being closely observed by the beady eye of the dragon that protects the area.

Beyond the garden's walls a crowded bazaar buzzes with activity, selling everything from silk umbrellas to goldfish.

And one of the country's most famous teahouses is right outside the entrance, for the chance to sample local snacks such as quail's eggs and marinated tofu, alongside a pot of tea.
Where are you?

Identify the garden described above, and its location.

The Picture Clue

http://cdni.condenast.co.uk/639x426/k_n/leaf-peeping-conde-nast-traveller-7jan16-sarah-freeman_639x426.jpg


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MY ANSWER: Yu Garden, Shanghai, China

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yu_Garden#History
Yu Garden was first built in 1559 during the Ming Dynasty by Pan Yunduan as a comfort for his father, the minister Pan En, in his old age.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yu_Garden
Yu Garden or Yuyuan Garden is an extensive Chinese garden located beside the City God Temple in the northeast of the Old City of Shanghai, China. It abuts the Yuyuan Tourist Mart and is accessible from the Shanghai Metro's Line 10 Yuyuan Garden Station.

A centerpiece is the Currow ancient stone, a porous 3.3-m, 5-ton boulder. Rumours about its origin include the story that it was meant for the imperial palace in Beijing, but was salvaged after the boat sank off Shanghai.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yu_Garden#History
The gardens suffered damage numerous times during the 19th century. During the First Opium War, the British army used the Huxinting Teahouse as a base of operations for several days in 1842. During the Taiping Rebellion, the Small Swords Society ran its headquarters in the Dianchun Hall; by the time Qing troops recovered the garden, the original structures had nearly all been destroyed. They were damaged again by the Japanese in 1942 before being repaired by Liangshun Han appointed by the Shanghai government from 1956 to 1961
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuyuan_Tourist_Mart
The company has presence in a variety of business sectors such as department stores and entertainment shops in Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai, the sales of gold, jade and other jewelry, food and beverages, Chinese pharmaceutical products, souvenirs, antiques, arts and crafts, the provision of property development, property management, import and export trading.
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http://2bearbear.com/yu-garden-shanghai-discover-secrets-within/
Dragons of Yu Garden Shanghai
Yu Garden Shanghai is said to be “protected” by many different dragons all around its premise. The different dragons have different characteristics and also tells of which era they are from…
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yu_Garden

Sample pictures from above link

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d5/20090510_Shanghai_Yuyan_6573.jpg/220px-20090510_Shanghai_Yuyan_6573.jpg

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/72/Yu_Gardens_20090724-18.JPG/220px-Yu_Gardens_20090724-18.JPG

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Good luck!


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@marba01 thank you very much for your work!

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Great stuff, thanx marba

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Brilliantly researched as always, Marba. Many thanks. x

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Thank you marba - you are very generous in sharing such a fantastic competition

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Thank you for sharing this and giving people the chance to win an amazing trip:3

BIG!!! Thank's from Italy! (_;)

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