Parks

Zhabei Park

Zhabei Park was reopened after renovation on November 18, 1935. Its name was changed to Zhabei Park on May 28, 1950. It has been continually extended in size over the years. In 1959 a new gate, pavilion, corridor, tea room, and exhibition hall were built. Between 1962 and 1964 a skating rink, boat rental dock, and reading room were added. Between 1979 and 1981, a small shop, stone bridge, waterside pavilion, double pavilion, hexagonal pavilion, corridor, and river revetment were built. Song Jiaoren's tomb was also renovated based on the original design. Between 1985-1990 a corridor publicity wall, "Three Pools Mirroring the Moon", and a flower bed at the main entrance were added.

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Zhenguang Park

Zhenguang Park is 15,236 square meters in size, 12,000 of which is green space. Whilst ensuring the park meets the needs for regular park use, the design also includes hill and woodland scenery to create a unique look.

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Changfeng Park

Changfeng Park borders East China Normal University to the east, Wusong River (Suzhou Creek) to the south, Daduhe Road to the west, and Nujiang Road to the north. Construction began in 1956 and the park opened for National Day the same year. It covers an area of 366,000 square meters, 143,000 of which is water. It is one of Shanghai's larger comprehensive scenic parks.

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Putuo Park

Putuo Park was built and opened in 1954, making it Putuo District's oldest park. The park has offered free admission since 1994. It occupies an area of 13,187 square meters; 6841 of which is green space, 4759 is pathways, 1086 is recreational areas, 154 is office space, and 347 is taken up by service facilities.
The parks four sides are planted with flower beds which utilize the growing habits of each plant in their arrangements. They include 824 trees, 2088 shrubs, 535.6 meters of hedgerow, and 6670.2 square meters of covered ground. The park focusses on plant-based scenery which create a harmonious eco system which is also beautiful to look at. It's a great place to take a stroll, relax, or exercise. The park also has a flat-roofed corridor, a Chinese wisteria trellis, reddish stone pathways, a hexagonal pavilion, exercise equipment, and other small recreational facilities.

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Jing'an Park

Jing'an Park is "T" shaped with Middle Yan'an Road to the south and Huashan Road to the West. The park has a total area of 39,400 square meters and the space officially became a public park in 1953. On September 25, 1999, the park became free to enter. The park is centered around the central pathway and its 32 century old sycamores. The main gate to the north has a gingko square. The eastern part of the park is the historical section with the "Eight Scenes of Jing'an" as its theme. Through the use of creating depth with landscaping, it includes an "Eight Scenes of Jing'an Garden". The park is known as an "urban wooded mountain" and is a great place to experience nature in the city center.

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Tianshan Park

Tianshan Park borders West Yan'an Road to the south, the Shanghai-Hangzhou Railway to the east, Tianshan Road to the west, and Changning Parachute Tower to the north. It originally covered an area of 72,000 square meters but this was reduced to the now 68,000 square meters with the construction of Metro Line 3 and West Yan'an Road. Of that, 16,700 square meters is water and 12,400 is grassland. The park is cleverly designed and provides peace and quiet in the bustling city. It includes rockeries, a lake, ponds, and islands etc.

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Shanghai Zoo

Shanghai Zoo was built in 1954 and was originally called Xijiao Park. It is a national level large-scale zoo with an area of 743,000 square meters. It houses over 400 species of animal and has 47,237 square meters of animal raising and exhibition area. It's collection includes over 6000 rare animals of almost 600 varieties including Père David's deer, pandas, golden snub-nosed monkeys, Thorold's deer, Siberian tigers, and Chinese alligators. There are also giraffes, kangaroos, penguins, hippos, sea lions, ostriches, cougars, and African lions. The zoo also houses a large number of birds including over 40 which live in Shanghai all year round such as the oriole, Indian pitta, dollarbird, skylark, thrush, myna, swan, cuckoo, and Mandarin duck etc. Shanghai Zoo also has the mainland's first education center.

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Zhongshan Park

Zhongshan Park was originally established as Jessfield Park and built by a British property developer in 1914. It was the most famous park in Shanghai at the time. It's not a huge park but it enjoys clean air and has beautiful scenery. It has everything from pavilions, to rockeries, flowerbeds, ponds and children's play areas. It is a popular exercise and relaxation spot for local residents. It's was landscaped based on the typical British style with Chinese elements giving it a unique feel. It has the best kept original layout of all Shanghai's old parks. The park is famous for its 12 scenic spots: the southern gateway, peony garden, Chen pond, large lawn, China rose garden, Mandarin duck lake, lotus pond, landscaped garden, large sycamores, large marble pavilion, large stone bridge, and rear gate.

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Guangqi Park

Guangqi Park was originally named Nandan Park and was renamed in 1983 to commutate the 350th anniversary of the passing of Xu Guangqi. The main building in the park is the Xu Guangqi's tomb. In 2003, Shanghai's oldest surviving house "Nanchun Huatang", was removed and resettled inside the park and became the Xu Guangqi Memorial Hall.

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