Walking in a park can be fun and relaxing, especially if you are looking for an opportunity to practice Chinese outside of the classroom. After living in Shanghai for nine months, I have some suggestions for places to go around and explore in Shanghai!

People’s Square (人民广场)

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People’s Park is located right above the People’s Square metro station. You can take Line 2 directly from the Century Avenue station located  next to the Century Avenue Academic Building but if you are coming from Jinqiao or Pusan, you can take Line 6 or Line 7 and transfer to Line 2 at Century Avenue. It should take you around half an hour to get there. 

One notable thing about People’s Square is that on the weekends from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., People’s Park holds a marriage market (相亲角) where parents come to trade information about their unmarried sons or daughters. During my last visit to the park with my friends, I saw many parents holding cardboard signs and others placing them on the ground. If you want to know more, I encourage you to go yourself and talk to these parents!

Since People’s Park is located right beside East Nanjing road, you might also want to explore the older parts of Shanghai while you have the opportunity to do so.  My friend Sam Komonoski and I often go to a soup dumpling store called 佳家汤包 near People’s Square. Even though 佳家汤包 has many branches, the one located next to the People’s Square is the original branch. 

Century Park 世纪公园

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Century Park is the largest park in Shanghai. It got its name due to being located at the end of Century Avenue, right next to the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. The park is just a 15 minute walk from the AB, or you can take Metro Line 6 and transfer at Minsheng Road to Line 2 to Century Park 世纪公园 station 

This park makes a great place to relax after school. My favorite part of the park is the enormous lawn that is a perfect place to play frisbee. Two week ago, I went to the park with Tiffany Leong for a quick walk. While we were walking around the pond, we saw a group of black swans and we beckoned them over. Surprisingly, they actually swam toward us! 

Huangpu Park 黄浦公园

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Huangpu Park is located alongside the Huangpu river. You can take Line 2 or Line 10 on the Shanghai Metro to East Nanjing Road station 南京东路 and walk towards the Bund.

Huangpu Park is the site of the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Bund Historical Museum. If you like to learn about Shanghai history, this is a place to go! Walking a little further will take you to the Suzhou river, another place you may walk alongside. There are also plenty of coffee shops and restaurants along the river.

Sarah Walker and I walked along the Suzhou river during the summer. At first we wanted to sit along the river and drink some coffee, but the weather was so hot that we decided to sit inside instead. 

As you are taking a break from schoolwork, I hope these suggestions will help you. I really like these places and I hope you will like them too!