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
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
Tourists wanting to get outside the city can make the 22 mile trip to the Shanghai Wild Animal Park, Southwest of the Airport off the S32 Highway. The park features over 200 species and two different options for viewing them. Visitors can walk through the exhibits... 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
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
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
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
The Shanghai Botanical Gardens cover over 200 acres (81 hectares) and are home to a variety of flora and fauna including a collection of spectacular orchids. Tickets are 15rmb unless you're interested in the Bonsai Garden in which case you'll have to pay extra. 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
Huge, beautiful park in the hills of Songjiang in Shanghai's southwest suburbs. It's a family-friendly, dog-friendly kind of place where you can walk around for a few hours, take selfies with interesting / eccentric statues, ride boats around the lake, and lay out on... 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
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
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
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
Known by locals as "LP", this is one of Shanghai's most famous skateboarding spots. There's always some skaters up there busting tricks down the three-set or on the ledges. There's also a big park behind the skate area, and lots of cheap, local restaurants nearby.... 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
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
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
Xuhui Riverside Green is a huge outdoor space with a decent skatepark that's lit up at night, with basketball courts, a climbing wall, places to run without the fear of cars, and plenty of grass to lay down in. This is more of a place to come play sports or go for a... Read more
These people have their own organic farm in Pudong. They sell boxes of produce, all of it is 100% organic. Sign up for delivery subscriptions and they'll send you a box of fresh veg every week. If you sign up for three months it works out at about 120rmb per week for... 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
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
This farm is open for visitors to pick their own blueberries from late spring through mid-summer. They have covered and open blueberry bushes to pick from, and you can bake your own blueberry muffins or make ice cream after. Blueberries cost 80rmb per 500g. Read more
Family-friendly park at the very north end of Jiangning Lu, near the QSW live house. It's not that big, but they let you chill on the grass. The layout is cool, with plenty of little forested nooks and crannies, and lots of space for kids to run around. There's also... 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
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