The first amusement park you visit will always hold a special place in your heart. And for Shanghainese of several generations, that special place belongs to Da Shi Jie
(大世界, the Great World).
Technically, Da Shi Jie isn't an amusement park — it's a big building with a bunch of stuff in it. But it is amusing
. Chinese operas, magic shows, food markets, and more share space in the Xizang Nan Lu, Yan'an Dong Lu venue. Read Hollywood film director Josef von Sternberg's vivid description on Wikipedia
. Seems like the place that whole "east meets west" thing really started.