People’s Park and People’s Square, Shanghai, China

A walking bridge around the pond in People_s Park in the center of the city, Shanghai, China; during colonial days, the park formed the northern half of the Shanghai racetrack

A walking bridge around the pond in People’s Park in the center of the city, Shanghai, China; during colonial days, the park formed the northern half of the Shanghai racetrack

 

During the colonial days, Shanghai’s People’s Park (Renmin Park), located south of Nanjing Road in the center of the city, formed the northern half of the Shanghai racetrack.  Today, the park features 30 acres / 12 hectares of flower beds, lotus ponds, and paved paths.  This park is also known for its Marriage Market where every Saturday and Sunday afternoon (12:00-17:00 hours) parents flock to the north end of the park to find suitable partners for their unmarried children.  The park is one of the prettiest parks in Shanghai and is home to two museums, a pond, and several other attractions.  People’s Square is located directly south of the park.

 

As we walked through People_s Park, we noted many beautiful sections, Shanghai, China

As we walked through People’s Park, we noted many beautiful sections, Shanghai, China

 

One of many card games underway with numerous spectators in People_s Park, Shanghai, China

One of many card games underway with numerous spectators in People’s Park, Shanghai, China

 

The opposite end of the pond in People_s Park, Shanghai, China

The opposite end of the pond in People’s Park, Shanghai, China

 

A panorama of People_s Square, Shanghai, China, looking north with the Shanghai Grand Theater on the left, the refurbished Shanghai Municipal Government Mansion in the center, and the

A panorama of People’s Square, Shanghai, China, looking north with the Shanghai Grand Theater on the left, the refurbished Shanghai Municipal Government Mansion in the center, and the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall on the right

 

People’s Square is he city’s main square is a social and cultural center and home to the Shanghai Museum.  “After renovation, the new Municipal Government Mansion lies in the center of the northern People’s Square, while the Shanghai Museum, which was designed to resemble a Chinese cooking pot, is located to its south.  Flanked on both sides by 17-meter/56-foot-wide green belts, People’s Avenue goes across the center of the square.  At the northwest corner sits the Shanghai Grand Theater which is a colossal construction made almost entirely from glass which is balanced by the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall [see our previous blog post titled, “Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Shanghai, China”] in the east and in the northeast side lies the subway station.  Along the south side of the People’s Avenue, there are several large underground structures, including Hong Kong Famous Brands Street and Dimei Shopping Center, the largest underground city transformer substation of Asia and the largest underground parking garage of Shanghai.” – http://www.travelchinaguide.com

 

The Shanghai Grand Theater, People_s Square, Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Grand Theater, People’s Square, Shanghai, China

 

The entrance of the Shanghai Museum, which was designed to resemble a Chinese cooking pot, People_s Square, Shanghai, China

The entrance of the Shanghai Museum, which was designed to resemble a Chinese cooking pot, People’s Square, Shanghai, China

 

Home to China’s premier collection of artifacts, the Shanghai Museum is made up of 11 galleries that exhibit fine Chinese art that includes paintings, bronzes, sculpture, calligraphy, jade, furniture, and seals. Signs are in English and audio guides are available.

 

Polychrome Glazed Pottery Statue of Tomb Guardian Beast, Tang Dynasty, A.D. 618~907, the Shanghai Museum, People_s Square, Shanghai, China

Polychrome Glazed Pottery Statue of Tomb Guardian Beast, Tang Dynasty, A.D. 618~907, the Shanghai Museum, People’s Square, Shanghai, China

 

Zun (vase) with Fenacai Design of a Hundred Deers, Jingdezhen Ware, Quinlong Reign (A.D. 1736~1795), Qing Dynasty, the Shanghai Museum, People_s Square, Shanghai, China

Zun (vase) with Fenacai Design of a Hundred Deers, Jingdezhen Ware, Quinlong Reign (A.D. 1736~1795), Qing Dynasty, the Shanghai Museum, People’s Square, Shanghai, China

 

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