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Parks & Gardens in Shanghai

Fuxing Park

2A Gaolan Road, Shanghai, Pudong New District, Shanghai

This former private estate in the French Concession area was bought by foreign residents and opened to the French community on 14th July, 1909. Popularly known as French Park, it is styled after a classic Parisian city park with wide, tree-lined promenades and flower beds. Shanghai's Fuxing Park is home to several restaurants and nightclubs, lovely fountains, a kid's playground, a rose garden and over 100 different kinds of trees.

Open: daily – 6 am to 6 pm; admission: charge.

Jing'an Park

Nanjing Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai

This pleasant little park was completely remodeled in 1999 when the new Jing'an Metro station was created. Its north side consists of a sunken cement courtyard, flanked by a few shops, cafés, and the Metro entrance; the south side, dominated by a pond that is an artful recreation of a classic Southern Chinese garden, is a pretty spot to stroll, people-watch, or enjoy an evening drink at the bar in the adjacent Indonesian restaurant (Bali Laguna). Mornings are a perfect time to watch (or join) tai chi classes, while Sunday morning (8:30-11 am) brings out the polyglots (mostly Chinese who want to practice their English) to the multi-language corner (wai yu jiao) at the eastern end of the park.

Open: daily; admission: no charge.

Longhua Park

2853 Longhua Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai

Located at the southern part of the city, Longhua Park is home of the ancient Longhua Temple, the Longhua Pagoda and is the location of the Evening Bell-Striking Ceremony. Longhua Park has beautiful peach blossoms in spring. With a history spanning over 1,700 years, the majestic Longhua Temple is the oldest temple in Shanghai. Its courtyard follows the principles of ancient Buddhist symmetry, in line with the traditional Chinese concept of beauty.

The three-storey Bell Tower houses a copper bell, rung every 31st December in the Evening Bell-Striking Ceremony, welcoming in the New Year. Standing in front of the temple is the seven-storey Longhua Pagoda, with a distinctive Song dynasty design. During springtime when the peach blossoms are in full bloom, thousands throng this place to enjoy its calming beauty.

Open: daily – 7 am to 5 pm; admission: charge.

Lujiazui Ludi Park

160 Lujiazui East Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai

Located just north of the Jinmao Tower, this sprawling, 10-hectare (25-acre) park with an expansive lawn has a large lake in the shape of Pudong; radiating from it are paths that outline a magnolia, the city flower of Shanghai. Clusters of willows, maples, and gingko trees provide plenty of shade. It's the kind of place that inspires impromptu picnics, kite flying, a lazy afternoon nap, and even hot-air ballooning in the warmer months. The park is so high-tech that it even has a series of in-ground audio speakers that occasionally pipe out New Age mood music.

Open: daily; admission: no charge.

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