If you want to visit a big park without traveling one or two hours, Century Park is the one. Fine landscaping, beautiful flowers, a massive lake, and tons of green spaces to lie down on, play frisbee, or whatever. You can also rent tandem bicycles or sightseeing... Read more
Just across the street from Sinan Mansions and a quick walk from Xintiandi, Fuxing Park has several gardens, lots of benches, statues of historical figures, lots of grass (can't sit on all of it), and a children's area with rides and activities. A Shanghainese rap... Read more
This park in Changning is so big, it has its own metro station. Great place for families to come fly kites on the weekends, paddle around in boats, and lay out on the grass. Place is full of elderly folk doing tai chi and sword fighting in the mornings, and people... Read more
In terms of square-footage, Jing'an Park is one of the smallest of Shanghai's parks -- but what it lacks in space it makes up for in charm. Surrounded on all sides by office buildings and cranes, and not really a haven from that hum of traffic ever-present in... Read more
Xujiahui Park feels bigger than it actually is. It's a perfect place to escape the hustle of Xujiahui, and it's also where most of the city's top basketballers play. Lots of grassy areas to sit down in, bit of water feature, and often some ayi dance parties at night.... Read more
Though a bit far from downtown, Gongqing Park is a wooded wonderland split into a north and south portion. The northern section is the much larger "Forest Park," with little roller coasters, rock climbing, go-karting, horseback riding, space for outdoor BBQs, and... Read more
This large park on the north side near Shanghai Circus World has a human-made beach (you can't swim here) and lake where people play, fish, and take wedding pictures, and ample green space for flying kites or running around. Lots of elderly photographers chill here... Read more
Lu Xun Park, once and sometimes still known as "Hongkou Park," is named after the famous writer from the early 20th century. Great park, this one, lots of chatty, friendly older people dancing and exercising in the mornings. Some stay for the whole afternoon. There's... Read more
Changfeng Park on the west side of town is a large, landscaped park with a lake that takes up the center. Lots of benches by the water but it's hard to get a seat on the weekends. You can also rent a sightseeing boat or see some fish in the aquarium. They've got some... Read more
Definitely on the smaller side, this newly-renovated park won't hold much for nature-seekers, but it's a nice dash of green in the midst of the Xuhui business district. Its tree-lined promenade is a favorite for evening dances, often packed out with couples doing the... Read more
Beautiful, family-friendly park in north Jing'an. The park is full of art and statues, some of which rotate throughout the year to make room for the work of international artists. There is only one green space to run around and sit on, and usually the security guards... Read more
Mid-sized park in Gubei, also known as Yili Park, with plenty of flowers, green space, and water features. There's a nice spot to feed the ducks and geese, and a couple of spots to flick a fishing rod into the water. Best for leisurely strolls. It used to have this... Read more
Unlike other parks in Shanghai, tucked between skyscrapers, Houtan Park has serious countryside vibes. Impressive, considering this used to be a shipyard and steel factory. Lots of wild greens and flowers along the way, plus some fish and tadpoles in the stream. The... Read more
Located on the very corner of Lao Chengdu Bei Lu and Dagu Lu and technically called the "Yan'an Zhong Lu Large Public Green Space," this is one of the nicest downtown parks. Lots of cherry trees, waterfalls, and opportunities for scenic selfies. The southern edge... Read more
Just north of K11 on Jinling Lu is a parkland that spans several city blocks, stretching northwest and ending around Dagu Lu near Chengdu Lu. All of these parks have ample grass space, lots of benches,... Read more
Lot of history in this medium-sized park -- The Party used to gather here. It’s like a large garden, with a small lake in the center, some animal statues made of flowers, and a nice view of the Lupu Bridge. So far, no one's kicked us off of the grass. No entrance fee... Read more
Plenty of tranquil places along the north eastern-side of Yanzhong Guangchang, with lots of water features, bridges, a mini-exercise center, and benches under ample tree cover. Nice spot for stroll, just north of K11, maybe good for a 3am game of Kick the Can... Read more
Though small, this park is perfectly formed, with lots of small hills, lakes, pavilions, river bridges, lots of greenery, and Yuyintang -- one of Shanghai's best live houses. You can usually lie... Read more
This park is on the corner of Xingfu Lu and the little street with no name. In the mornings and daytime, the elderly come through to hang out, play board games, and practice tai chi. By night, partiers often pass through to do god knows what. Probably something to do... Read more
Gucun Park is a large park up north in Baoshan Qu, with its own metro station on Line 7. Take Exit Two. The space gets really busy on the weekends, with families enjoying the lake, flying kites on the green space, and riding roller coasters. Watch out for the... Read more
This is the location of STORM Festival and other major events like the annual Christmas market. Nearest metro station is Middle Longhua Road on Line 7. Exit from Gate 6 and walk down Dong’An Road south about 700 meters. Read more
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