People's Square, Shanghai
This wide and modern square marks the centre of Shanghai.
Surrounded by skyscrapers (and a few historical buildings), it is dominated by the museum, and the crowds circulating from mall to mall, in a style of life that no one could guess in China a couple of years ago.
People's Square is located at the very center of Shanghai. It covers an area about 140,000 square meters making it the largest public square of the city. The Shanghai Museum, which is meant to look like a giant Chinese cooking pot, is to the south of the square. At the northwest corner of the square is the Shanghai Grand Theater made almost entirely of glass.
This is a huge area with many attractions including the greenery parks overlook at the city skyline, Shanghai Urban Exhibition Center, Shanghai Museum, Underground Shopping mall, Shanghai Grand Theater, and many more. The locals love to come here to meet up their friends for walk, Tai Chi, jogging, dancing, and etc. This is the biggest park in the city center, but unfortunately it lays between the busy streets of Nanjing Road and Yanan Road, where you can hear heavy traffic between these roads. You can get good pictures of the area from the Shanghai Urban Exhibition Center Building.
In Chinese: 人民广场 (Ren Min Guang Chang)
Prior to 1949, People's Square was a part of the horseracing course of Shanghai. After gambling and horseracing were banned by the new Communist government, a part of the race course became the People's Square, which included a large avenue and spectator stands for use during parades. In the 1990s, major changes were made to the square. The Shanghai Municipal Government was moved from the former HSBC Building, and the Shanghai Museum was also moved away from its previous site in a former office building. More recent additions include the Shanghai Grand Theatre and the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall.
On our free-&-easy day, we went to the People's Square. The cab journey from our hotel (Equatorial) was about 10-15 minutes and costs just 13 RMB.
Lots of locals come to this place, and we sat down on a bench and just people-watch. We saw kids feeding pigeons, couples stolling etc... There are many buildings surrounding this Square, and the Shanghai Museum is also right next to it.
People's Square was formerly a race-course and a sports arena. It was converted to the People's Square after the war.
Renmin Guangchang is a vast green area including plants and trees and surrounded by buildings on all sides.
People's Square (or Ren Min Guang Chang) is an open space in the heart of the city. It is mostly concrete, though People's Park is located just on its northern border. The square contains the famous Shanghai Museum, and is surrounded by other luminous buildings (e.g. Shanghai Grand Theatre, City Hall and Shanghai Urban Planning Centre). Standing in the middle of the square and looking at the skyscrapers of Puxi, one truly realises how built-up Shanghai is. You get a good view of the tops of Puxi buildings from here, e.g. the "pincers" of Tomorrow Square and the "blossoming flower" of Bund Center. Kite-flying seems to be a popular pastime in the square. And, oh, if you're really bored, there is a shopping centre underground.
This People's Square is a sort of Shanghai version of Tiananmen Square in Beijing. In this area, you will find Shanghai Museum, the Municipal City Hall, Shanghai Grand theater,the underground shopping street, the underground transformed house and the underground parking lot. This is another major spot where Shanghai folks come to hang out, esp. on the weekends.
A large city square right in the middle of the city. There is also an underground shopping arcade selling wool knit scarfs and hats during the wintertime. In addition, there are your regular eateries and record stores.
The People's Square, which was refurbished and expanded in 1994, is the political and cultural center of Shanghai. The square is home to a gigantic music fountain, several dozen thousand square metres of green patches, the Shanghai New Museum with a unique design, the magnificent City Hall, a spacious underground shopping center, and the splendid Grand Shanghai Theatre. A stroll on the square enables one to gain some idea about the modern chic and refined elegance of Shanghai and its people.