Just north of the concrete mass of People's Square is the pleasant People's Park, one of the larger parks in central Puxi and fairly typical of Chinese parks. It has a central lake, winding paths, a formal garden (with a couple of swings for adults!) and a children's playground. At weekends, the northern entrance of the park (by Nanjing West Road) becomes a meeting place for anxious Shanghai parents trying to match make their children - I only observed from a distance in case I inadvertently got sucked into a date/engagement/marriage.
Renmin Park (also called People's Park) is a pretty park located in the middle of Shanghai on the site of the former Shanghai Racecourse (which was demolished when gambling was outlawed after the 1949 revolution). The central section of the park contains pretty gardens that you can stroll through. The northern section of the park features a small amusement park that our daughter Anna enjoyed. At the southern end of the park is the Shanghai Museum, the city's outstanding museum of art and other cultural objects. Other notable buildings bordering the park include the Shanghai Art Museum and the Shanghai Grand Theater.
People's Park is a nice oasis located right at the middle of the city. It is very accessible coz it is a short walk from the metro station of People's Square. You can find many local senior citizens playing chinese checkers or other games to while their time in this park. There's also a children play area. A lagoon can be seen inside the park. I found a boat in the lagoon but I don't know if it's for rent. Plenty of benches where you can sit after a long stroll around the park. We rested on a covered kiosk where we sit for a while before heading for Nanjing Lu. Nice place to relax and a stark contrast from the hustle and bustle of the outside city life. Cool place with plenty of trees providing shade.
Pictured here are the green trees of the People's Park... Note the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, in the background... The park contains other cultural institutions as well, such as the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Art Gallery, and the Shanghai Grand Theatre... The park area itself is rather small, with few trees, and not much respite from the urban jungle surrounding...
Downtown Park/mall. This park is filled in the morning with people doing exercises and ballroom dancing.
Just relax and enjoy the beautiful surrounding city skyline. See the pretty white pigeons, can also people watch...locals and tourists alike.