Top 15 Beautiful Parks in Shanghai (Recreation & Green Places)

Shanghai may be best known as a concrete jungle and modern skyscrapers, but the city is also home to hundreds of square miles of green space, as well. In fact, visiting the parks of the city is one of the greatest pastimes enjoyed by local residents and visitors, providing a chance for visitors to experience the local lifestyle of Shanghai. You can play Taichi with the old in Jing’an Park, have fun in Disneyland with kids and explore the interesting matchmaking corner in People’s Square...

With so many parks to choose from, it can be really tough to narrow it down. To help, We’ve compiled a list of our favorites that can't be missed. Get outdoors with our list of the best parks in Shanghai.

Shanghai Parks

No. 1: Shanghai Disneyland 上海迪士尼

Shanghai Disney Resort is the first Disney resort in mainland China and the sixth one in the world. In Disneyland Park, you can lignite your dream by exploring Mickey Avenue, Gardens of Imagination, Fantasyland, Treasure Cove, Adventure Isle, and Tomorrowland with different themes, characters, and activities. It is about 18 kilometers from Shanghai Pudong International Airport, about 27 kilometers from the Huangpu River area. Disney is a dreamland for both children and adults. With Disney Resort, your Shanghai tour will be more enjoyable.

Type: Theme Parks, Water & Amusement Parks

Opening Hours: 09:00~21:00

Tickets: CNY 261 - CNY 1250

Recommended Visiting Time: half day to one day

Address: No. 310 Huangzhao Road, Chuansha Town, Pudong New District, Shanghai 上海市浦东新区川沙镇黄赵路310号

No. 2: People's Square 人民公园

The People's Park is located in the center of Shanghai, on the east side of Nanjing Road pedestrian street, and it is very easy to reach by metro. It has always been known as the "lung" of the city. If you are a museum-goers, there are many museums nearby. In the park, you can see the very special matchmaking corner in China. The park can be roughly divided into three scenic spots: East, Center, and West. The central area is an open space with scenery building, teahouse, open-air theater; the scenic spots in the west area, including pavilions, corridors, gardens, rockeries, pools, etc. It is the main scenic spot of the park.

Type: Architectural Buildings, Parks

Opening Hours: All Day

Tickets: Free Entry

Recommended Visiting Time: 1 - 2 hours

Address: 185 Renmin Avenue, Huangpu District, Shanghai 上海市黄浦区人民大道185号

No. 3: Century Park 世纪公园

Century Park is located at the southeast end of Century Avenue in Pudong. It is a large natural ecological park in Shanghai. The park is divided into a rural area, lakeside area, forest and lawn area, bird protection area, exotic area, etc. It is a good place for relaxation and entertainment in the city. Jingtian Lake in the garden is a large artificial lake, which is approximately around and about 300 meters in diameter. Another Zhangjiabang river passes through the park, creating an ecological environment with vertical and horizontal waterways in the garden.

Type: Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Opening Hours: 06:00-18:00

Tickets: CNY 10

Recommended Visiting Time: 1 - 2 hours

Address: 1001 Jinxiu Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 上海市浦东新区锦绣路1001号

No. 4: M50 Creative Park M50创意园

M50 is the abbreviation of No. 50 Moganshan Road. It is located in the peninsula area on the South Bank of Suzhou River. It is a creative park reconstructed from the original textile factory. Compared with other creative parks, the biggest feature here is the graffiti and free gallery exhibition along the street. You can see the artworks of abstract, realistic, watercolor, oil painting, and so on. Over the past few years, M50 has attracted more than 130 artists from 17 countries and regions including UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, Israel, Canada, Norway, and Hong Kong, etc. The presence of these artists and creative design institutions creates a strong cultural atmosphere along the Suzhou River.

Type: Civic Centers, Art Museums

Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00

Tickets: Free Entry

Recommended Visiting Time: 1 - 2 hours

Address: 50 Moganshan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai 上海市普陀区莫干山路50号

No. 5: Fuxing Park 复兴公园

Fuxing Park is one of the earliest parks in Shanghai. It is the only park in Shanghai that retains French classical style. About 80 years ago, there was a small private garden, "Gujiazhai garden". In recent years, a large number of vegetation and trees have been planted here, with 140 species and more than 10000 trees. As a revival park near Xintiandi, it was very lively at night with the exotic atmosphere and bustling streets. In 1995, the total area of the park was 88900 square meters. Concerts are often held in the park.

Type: Parks

Opening Hours: 5:00-21:00

Tickets: Free Entry

Recommended Visiting Time: 1 - 2 hours

Address: 105 Yandang Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai上海市黄浦区雁荡路105号

No. 6: Shanghai Film Park 上海影视乐园

Shanghai film park is a mini old Shanghai, covering an area of 800000 square meters. The old Shanghai buildings here are characterized by the antique buildings with the culture of the Republic of China as the background. Many films and TV plays have been shot here, including the famous Lust Caution. You can take a tram or rickshaw, and shuttle in the old building, as if the time goes back. There are also Catholic churches, medieval wineries, and European-style buildings to meet the shooting needs of different styles of films, TV dramas.

Type: Theme Parks

Opening Hours: 8:30 - 16:30 (No entry after 15:30)

Tickets: CNY 80

Recommended Visiting Time: 1-2 hours

Address: 366 Yingjia Road, Chedun Town, Songjiang District, Shanghai 上海市松江区车墩镇影佳路366号

No. 7: Zhongshan Park 中山公园

Zhongshan Park covers an area of about 200000 square meters. It was established by the British in 1914. The park is mainly based on the British style of natural gardening, with traditional Chinese gardens, Japanese gardens, botanical gardens in one landscape. The park has more than 120 scenic sites of different sizes. These scenic spots vary from scene to scene and have their own characteristics. Among them, "Twelve landscapes of Zhongshan Park" is a typical garden landscape with outstanding characteristics in the park, including the South Gate of the park, peony garden, Chenjiachi, rose garden, Yuanyang Lake, lotus pool, Marble Pavilion, etc.

Type: Parks

Opening Hours: All Day

Tickets: Free Entry

Recommended Visiting Time: 1 - 2 hours

Address: 780 Changning Road, Changning District, Shanghai上海市长宁区长宁路780号

No. 8: Jing'an Park 静安公园

Jing'an park is located in the bustling Nanjing West Road, opposite the ancient Jing'an Temple. It was converted into a park in 1953. In 1998, the park was reconstructed on a large scale and reopened on September 25, 1999. The reconstructed Jing'an Park covers an area of 33600 square meters, with 32 hundred-year-old Platanus trees as the center, and the avenue divides the park into two parts. There are more than 300 plant species in Jing'an park. In the East is Bajing garden; in the southeast is cultural landscape; in the west is the natural landscape. The park also has a children's amusement park, fitness garden, tea room, and exotic coffee bar, and other entertainment places.

Type: Parks

Opening Hours: 5:00-22:00

Tickets: Free Entry

Recommended Visiting Time: 1-2 hours

Address: 1649 Nanjing West Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai 上海市静安区南京西路1649号

No. 9: Huangpu Park 黄浦公园

Huangpu Park was founded in 1886. It is adjacent to the Huangpu River in the East, the Bund in the South, and the Suzhou River in the north. It has used many names such as Foreign Garden and Huangpu Beach Park. It is the first public garden in China, and one of the important landscapes of the Bund. Huangpu Park is one of the best places to enjoy the scenery on both sides of the river. If you are visiting the Bund, you can go to the park and walk around. The park integrates the bund historical memorial hall, the walls of relief, and three 60 meter high memorial towers with the park landscape. It commemorates the national heroes who died to fight for freedom and defend the country against the invaders from 1840 to 1949.

Type: Parks

Opening Hours: All Day

Tickets: Free Entry

Recommended Visiting Time: 1-2 hours

Address: 500 Zhongshan East 1st Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai上海市黄浦区中山东一路500号

No. 11: Xujiahui Park 徐家汇公园

Xujiahui Park is located in the east of Xujiahui square, covering an area of about 72700 square meters. It is a nice park in the downtown area. The design of Xujiahui Park highlights the integration of the original Xujiahui prosperous business center and Hengshan Road Garden villa style. There are three highlights in Xujiahui Park: the first is the chimney of the former Greater China rubber factory. Once the chimney is turned on, the light emitted by the optical fiber penetrates the cover, which is very beautiful. The second is the overall layout of the park in the shape of Shanghai, and the park lake is designed in the shape of the Huangpu River. Finally, there is the time tunnel in the park. The park has built a 200-meter long observation bridge to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Type: Parks

Opening Hours: All Day

Tickets: Free Entry

Recommended Visiting Time: 1-2 hours

Address: 889 Zhaojiabang Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai (between Tianping road and Wanping Road) 上海市徐汇区肇嘉浜路889号(天平路宛平路间)

No. 10: Jing'an Sculpture Park 静安雕塑公园

Jing'an Sculpture Park covers a total area of about 65000 square meters, close to the Shanghai Natural History Museum. It is the only special Sculpture Park in the center of Shanghai. Originally, it was just a small garden. Although the place is not big and there are not many sculptures, it is pleasant, and the selected sculptures are often changed. This is also a small area where residents often come to exercise, creating a harmonious atmosphere in the central city of Shanghai.

Type: Parks

Opening Hours: 5:00-22:00 (May to Nov); 6:00-21:00 (Dec to Apr)

Tickets: No Entry

Recommended Visiting Time: 1-2 hours

Address: 128 Shimen 2nd Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai (near Beijing West Road) 上海市静安区石门二路128号(近北京西路)

No. 12: Shanghai Botanical Garden 上海植物园

Shanghai Botanical Garden is located in the south of Shanghai, adjacent to Shanghai South Railway Station. The botanical garden is not far from the center of the city. Every day, many people come here for a walk. The botanical garden has all kinds of flowers and plants, you can enjoy them all year round, and there are often themed flower exhibitions. There are three gardens in the scenic area: the exhibition greenhouse, bonsai garden, and orchid hall. Spring is the best season for tourists, especially from March to May when cherry blossom, peach blossom, and tulip are in full bloom.

Type: Parks, Gardens

Opening Hours: 7:00-17:00 (No entry after 16:00)

Tickets: CNY 26

Recommended Visiting Time: 1-2 hours

Address: 1111 Longwu Road, Shanghai上海市龙吴路1111号

No. 13: Haichang Ocean Park 上海海昌海洋公园

Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park, with the theme of marine culture, is divided into five themed areas: Mermaid Bay, polar Town, ice and snow Kingdom, underwater Wonderland, and marine tribe. There are one Marine Resort and six large animal exhibition venues, including Antarctic penguin hall and marine animal exploration hall. Besides, there are two high-tech cinemas, more than 10 amusement facilities, such as volcano rafting and dolphin roller coaster, and the park gathers more than 30000 marine creatures and has 16 popular marine animal performances and multiple interactive performances.

Type: Haichang Ocean Park

Opening Hours: 9:30-20:00 (Monday to Friday); 9:00-20:30 (Saturday and Sunday)

Tickets: CNY 299 - CNY 360

Recommended Visiting Time: 2-3 hours

Address: 166 Yinfei Road, Nanhui new town, Pudong New Area, Shanghai上海市浦东新区南汇新城镇银飞路166号

No. 14: Changfeng Park 长风公园

Changfeng Park was founded in 1957, covering an area of 364000 square meters. It is located in the west of Shanghai. It is a comprehensive landscape park. In the park lies the ocean world and the racing hall. You can find large lawns, rockeries, and artificial lakes. In the north of the garden, there is a 100-meter long "road for the brave" composed of iron ropes, hanging ladders, and underground caves, which are very popular with teenagers. To the west of the park is a small recreation train, and the tracks circle in a small valley. Large amusement facilities are set up in the south of the park. In the southeast of the park, there are an open-air swimming pool as well as electric boats, pedal boats, and other water recreation facilities.

Type: Parks

Opening Hours: All Day

Tickets: Free Entry

Recommended Visiting Time: 1-2 hours

Address: 451 Daduhe Road, Putuo District, Shanghai 上海市普陀区大渡河路451号

No. 15: Luxun Park 鲁迅公园

Lu Xun Park, a British-styled park, formerly known as Hongkou Park, was once frequently visited by a famous writer in China Lu Xun. In 1956, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of his death, Lu Xun's tomb was built in Hongkou Park. After the completion, Lu Xun's coffin was moved here from Wanguo cemetery. There is a sitting statue of Lu Xun on the lawn in front of the tomb. There is an inscription on the tombstone: "the tomb of Mr. Lu Xun". Under the tombstone is the base coffin of Lu Xun's coffin, which is paved with smooth granite. Besides, the park also has Lu Xun Memorial Pavilion, Lu Xun Memorial Hall, cherry blossom garden, plum garden, and other commemorative attractions.

Type: Parks

Opening Hours: All Day

Tickets: Free Entry

Recommended Visiting Time: 1-2 hours

Address: No. 2288, Sichuan North Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai上海市虹口区四川北路2288号

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