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.
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
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.