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Shanghai People's Square

 

Public transport: People's Square can be reached by taking Shanghai Metro Line 1, Line 2 or Line 8 to People's Square station. 
  

People's Square or Renmin Guangchang to the Chinese is a vast and not very beautiful place in Shanghai's city centre. It's more or less surrounded by beautiful high-rise buildings and is defined by two of the city's main east-west arteries (Nanjing Road and Yanan Road). There is also an intersection between Metro lines 1 and 2 which makes it an important place for commuters. In fact hundreds of thousands pass through the underground daily.

Two small pieces of grasslands are decorated with flower terraces and sculptures. The large square is circled with a green belt made up of camphor trees, pines and shrubbery.

With Nanjing Road in its north, Shanghai People's Square is located at the very center of Shanghai and was the demarcation point of East Nanjing Road and West Nanjing Road. With Yan'an Gaojia Road in its south, Huangpi North Road in its west and Tibetan Central Road in its east, it is a flourishing place for people to look around

People's Avenue, a 600 meter long, 32 meter wide pavement, crosses People's Square with a 5.5-meter-wide greenbelt and 6.5-meter-wide non-motor vehicle lanes on both sides of the avenue. The total greenbelt of People's Square is about 80,000 square meters and extends gradually in all directions from the circular fountain.

Other parts of the race course still remain today. The clubhouse buildings became the Shanghai Art Museum, while part of the race track became People's Park, a public park.

Prominent landmarks on and around the square include JW Marriott, Shanghai, Shanghai City Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center and People's Park.

Major department stores on and around the square include Raffles' City, Shanghai No.1 Department Store and Shanghai New World Department Store.

A stone path, lined with chairs, wanders through the green belt.
People's Square is also the converging point where metro line one meets line two. From the square you can reach many shopping centers. Leaving metro line one, tourists enter a street where famous shops from Hong Kong assemble and get to dimei shopping mall, a shopping center like a maze. going from metro line two, you can come to an old street lined with old-styled jewelry shops, restaurants and teahouses and so on, which reminds you of the old days. from the entrance to metro line one to the no 9 entrance of metro line two, lay an underground department store and a restaurant from which you can arrive at new world city, another shopping mall. just around the corner is the famous Nanjing Road.

Other parts of the race course still remain today. The clubhouse buildings became the Shanghai Art Museum, while part of the race track became People's Park, a public park.

Prominent landmarks on and around the square include JW Marriott, Shanghai, Shanghai City Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center and People's Park.

Major department stores on and around the square include Raffles' City, Shanghai No.1 Department Store and Shanghai New World Department Store.

Starting early (no later than noon), go to the (1) Shanghai Museum (No. 2 Renmin Dadao; tel. 86 21 6372 3500; www.shanghaimuseum.net), sort of like Shanghai’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The historic Chinese collections—of both visual and decorative art—are outstanding and include ten galleries’ worth of coins, bronzes, sculptures, pottery, scrolls, furniture, jade, seals, and indigenous art; all of it best comprehended using the English audio device.

Head northeast, past the lotus pond toward Renmin Avenue. Cross the avenue and enter the (2) Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall (100 Renmin Dadao; tel. 86 21 6318 4477.) at the corner of Renmin Dadao and Central Xizang Road. “This is a Shanghai-style, ‘back to the future experience.’”—Damian Harper, author, Lonely Planet Shanghai. Check out the miniature replica of Shanghai on the ground level, then go to the second floor to read about Shanghai’s colorful history (don’t miss the festive historical dioramas along the north wall). Finally, ascend to the third floor, which is entirely filled with a scale model of the city’s ambitious future.

Continue northwest through the park to the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (231 Nanjing West Road; tel. 86 21 6327 9900;www.mocashanghai.org). The multistory glass facade can house interesting and provocative exhibits, particularly during the city’s annual and biannual art festivals. Formerly a greenhouse, enjoy the sun-drenched promenade. Duck into ( MoCA’s Caffee and Ristorante Italiano (tel. 86 21 6327 0856) for lunch and get a seat on the rooftop terrace. Make a stop at the tiny but excellent gift shop on the ground floor, then head back outside.

You’ll see Barbarossa (231 Nanjing West Road; tel. 86 21 6318 0220), an open-style Moroccan building, which we’ll head back to later for a sunset drink. For now, continue north across the park, toward Nanjing West Road. Enter the(6) Shanghai Art Museum (325 Nanjing West Road; tel. 86 21 6327 2829;www.sh-artmuseum.org.cn), in the former location of the Shanghai Race Club. The museum, which houses local art, looks every bit the gentleman’s club, with its lacquered wood floors and airy design. Wander through the current exhibit, then retrace your steps back to Barbarossa in time to watch the sunset.

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