Enjoying Shanghai through the parks, gardens and picnic areas is simple-- parks dot the city and greenery abounds if you know where to look!
The Shanghai Botanical Garden is a great place to head in foul weather for a much needed view of greenery and plant life. In winter, the garden is especially popular. Meanwhile, the outdoor parks of Shanghai like Fuxing Park and Zhongzan give you ample room to fly kites, play Frisbee and walk the dog.
For a cultivated Chinese garden, Yu Gardens offers a central lake surrounded in a bit of greenery. Famous for the international world leaders and celebrities that have visited the tea house in the center of the lake, Yu Gardens is perhaps the most popular spot in town.
The Shanghai Wild Animal Park and JinJiang Amusement Park offer lots to see and do while enjoying the great outdoors. Likewise, Renmin Park in central Shanghai has some of the best people watching in town.
Nearby cities HangZhou and SuZhou have beautiful gardens and lakes of their own on offer. SuZhou is especially well known for its cultivated gardens and shrub sculptures while the greenery around West Lake in Hangzhou is to die for.
Zhongshan South Road & Renmen Road
Ming Dynasty gardens with a modern souvenir shopping mall surrounding the main pond... read more
Gaolan Lu 2
Luwan (west entrance Gaolan Lu, north entrance Yandang Lu, southeast entrance Chongqing Nan Lu off Fuxing Zhong Lu)
178 Nan Liu Highway
Nanfang Gonglu, Nanhui (east Pudong)
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Nanjing Xi Lu 231
Huangpu Qu (at Huangpi Lu)
Hongmei Lu 201
Xuhui (at Huming Lu)
Then and now, the most beautiful lake in China and the world... read more
Dong Ping Lin Square
Zhongzan Park, Changning District
A beautiful park with ponds and entertainment...