Parks

Guilin Park

Guilin Park was originally the site of Huang Jinrong's private residence. In 1933 it was expanded to include a garden. It got its name (forest of osmanthus) from the 20 osmanthus trees planted in the garden. The garden accounts for 4 hectares of the total park. The park has a typical southern Chinese landscaping style with a layout which includes buildings such as Haha Pavilion, Lingyun Pavilion, Songyue Pavilion, Baxian Pavilion, and Chuanruofang stone houseboat.

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Shanghai Botanical Garden

Shanghai Botanical Garden is 81 hectares in size and opened to the public in April 1978. It has over a dozen specialized gardens including a bonsai garden, peony garden, rose garden, and bamboo garden. The bonsai garden is 3.3 hectares in size and has almost 1000 Shanghai style bonsai plants making it the largest collection in China. The theme of the newly refurbished orchid house is residential style garden architecture and is 1.11 hectares in size.

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Xiangyang Park

Xiangyang Park occupies as space of 22,066 square meters and borders Middle Huaihai Road to the south, North Xiangyang Road to the west, and Xinle Road to the north. The park has a very structured layout which still looks very natural. It utilizes hedgerows to add depth and create the illusion of a much bigger park. It has a French style pathway shaded by Chinese parasol trees, and symmetric flower beds. The park's paths are wide and twist and turn through the park, which along with the cleverly placed architecture, add to the French garden feel. The park is home to almost 100 varieties of flowers including cherry blossom, camellia, rhododendron, Chinese flowering crabapple, and China rose, which alter the landscape through the year.

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Hengshang Park

Hengshang Park is located at the junction between Guangyuan Road, Hengshan Road, and Yuanping Road. It is 11,900 square meters in size and offers free admission. The park was originally a garden built in 1925 inside the French Concession. The name was changed in 1963. On April 10, 1987 it was reopened to the public and adjustments were made to the park accordingly. The park still retains much of its original layout which includes three century old camphor trees; two to the west of the main gate and one in the line of trees on the east side of the park. In the center of the park is a lawn of more than 1000 square meters. The scenery is composed of the large lawn and huge trees, shrubs, and flowers.

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Huaihai Park

Shanghai's Huaihai Park opened to the public on July 1, 1958. It occupies a space of 25,641 square meters. The northern section has an open forecourt with the scenery comprised of waterscapes, tree lines, and lights. The southern section includes the central flower garden, lawn, wooded hill, and service areas. The central flower garden is home to bamboo, maple, tangerine, camellia, Yulan magnolia, lagerstroemia, osmanthus, and chimonanthus gardens. The park is packed full of flora with over 120 varieties and over 40,000 individual plants covering 70% of the land.

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Fuxing Park

Fuxing Park is one of the city's oldest and was originally the private garden of the Gu family residence. It is Shanghai's only French style garden and has a very clear and structured layout. A large number of plants have been added in recent years taking the total to over 10,000 with 140 different species. The majority of which are sycamore trees which make up the largest collection of any park in Shanghai. There are also plenty of rarer trees such as Chinese horse chestnut, linden, and liquidambar. The statues of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in the north of the park were added on August 5, 1985 for the 90th anniversary of Engels' passing. The statues are 6.4 meters high and weigh over 70 tons each.

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Penglai Park

Construction on Penglai Park began in October 1953 and gets its name from the then Penglai District. After forty years of horticulture the park now boasts 8 scenic spots which include a rockery, pond, stone lions, a rhododendron garden, and a nine-dragon wall, giving the park a strong southern Chinese garden feel. The park also has a children's play area, entertainment area, exhibition hall, and Penglai Shifu restaurant.

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Yanzhong Park

Yanzhong Park was formerly Middle Yan'an Road Large Public Green Space. It was a major municipal project undertaken by the municipal party committee and government to change the city's ecological environment and alleviate the urban heat island effect in the center.

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People's Park

People's Park is located in Shanghai's city center giving it the name "The Green Lung of Shanghai" with Nanjing Road to the east, Shanghai Grand Theatre to its west, the Park Hotel and New World Tower to its north, and People's Square to the south. The park was originally the site of Shanghai Race Club. After Shanghai was liberated in 1949, the municipal government took over the club and on September 7 1950, Mayor Chen Yi announced the southern half of the racecourse would become People's Square, and the northern half People's Park. The park's "People's Park" sign was made based on the calligraphy of Chen Yi himself. On October 1, 1952, the park officially opened to the public and since then has become a major tourist attraction playing host to a number of varied activities and events.

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