Haiwan National Forest Park is located about 60km from the city center in Shanghai's Fengxian District within the May Fourth Farm. It is a large scale man-made urban forest which focusses on the production of saplings, tourism and sightseeing, scientific research, and education.
With a forest coverage rate of 90%, Dongping National Forest Park is Eastern China's largest completed man-made plains forest. As one of the top 10 tourist sites in Shanghai, the park is home to a sea of trees and flowers and has excellent air quality and climate. It boasts 20,000 oxygen ions per cubic meter and enjoys 300 days of suitable weather a year.
Construction of Guhua Park began in 1984 and it opened to the public in October 1986. The park has offered free admission since March 2005. The park has been renovated and expanded a number of times; at present it covers an area of over 4 hectares. The park's construction utilized Fengxian's history and brought in or reconstructed a number of historic buildings, giving the park a strong historic atmosphere and rich water town scenery. The park's green spaces cover about 63% of the park, and water around 22%. It's home to a wide variety of plants which give the park a very distinct look each season.
Grand View Garden (Daguanyuan) is a 5 star park situated 65 kilometers from central Shanghai on the west bank of Dianshan Lake and occupies an area of 9 hectares with 8000 square meters of structures. Originally named Dianshan Lake Scenic Area, the name was changed in 1991 and the park increased in size to 100 hectares from the original 2. It is a major project for promoting socialist culture and ethics in Shanghai and has undergone numerous renovations. It is now a park combining sightseeing, tourism, and leisure activities. In 2000 it was recognized as a AAAA tourist site by the National Tourism Administration.
Chenshan Botanical Garden is located within the Sheshan National Tourist Resort and stretches from the central river at Sheshan in the east to Chenta Road in the west, from Shenzhuan Road in the north, to Huachen Road in the south. It stretches 1600 meters east to west, and 1500 meters north to south with an overall planned area of 2,076,300 square meters.
The garden is centered around the Song Dynasty Square Pagoda (originally Xingshengjiao Temple Pagoda) which is a national cultural relic. It is surrounded by ancient buildings including the municipal cultural relic Ming Dynasty carved stone wall, and district cultural relics including the Song Dynasty Wangxian Bridge, Ming Dynasty Lanrui Hall (aka Nanmu Hall), Qing Dynasty Tianfei Palace and Chen Huacheng Temple, a mock ancient corridor (includes calligraphy by Dong Qichang imitating Huai Su's style), an ancient trench-like pathway, Helouxuan Pavilion, and Wulao Peaks etc.
Shanghai Wild Animal Park is China's first state-level wild animal park and was built thanks to a cooperation between Shanghai Municipal People's Government and the State Forestry Administration. It occupies an area of 153 hectares and is about 35 kilometers from the city center. The park was opened to the public on November 18, 1995 and was included in the first batch of national AAAA rated tourist attractions. On May 8, 2007, the National Tourism Administration rated the park as a 5A tourist attraction. The park is home to over 200 types of representative and rare animals from around the world, with over 10,000 animals in total. These include giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and white rhinos, as well as Grade 1 National Key Protected Species such as pandas, golden snub-nosed monkeys, and golden takin. The park can be toured both on foot or by car.