Shanghai People’s Square consists of an open square, the People’s
Park and some unique architectures being themed by culture, tourism
and business around, and it is one of the most important landmarks
Located in Huangpu District, the center of Shanghai, the square
covers an area of 140,000 square meters (1,506,947 square ft).
Before 1949, the area of Shanghai People’s Square and the People’s
Park was used as a famous horse racetrack which was built in 1861,
honored as the ‘No.1 Racetrack in Far East’. Visitors still can
find the ruins for the former main building standing at the
northeast part of the People’s Square. Later, the People’s
Government built the People’s Park, the People’s Square and the
People’s Avenue, and the main building and the bleachers of the
horse racetrack were orderly transferred into a library and a
gymnasium, which made the former horse racetrack become a public
place for entertainment and culture of Shanghai people.
Now, there are seven main buildings in the square, which are
Shanghai City Hall on the central axis of the north; Shanghai Grand
Theatre, which replaced the former gymnasium; the metro station of
the People’s Square in the northeast; three large-scale underground
constructions in the southeast (an underground shopping mall, an
underground substation and an underground garage); and Shanghai
Museum on the central axis of the south. Just at the east of
Shanghai City Hall, stand Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall,
which opens a window to citizens to get know the urban planning of
Shanghai. In a word, the square fully deserves the political,
commercial and cultural center of Shanghai.
Especially what deserves to be mentioned is the Shanghai Grand
Theatre which was designed by a famous French architect: Jean Marie
Charpentier. When it is shining and glowing at night, the theatre
looks like a crystal palace. The grand theatre is a 10-storey
building: two underground, two above and six at ground level.
Besides functioning as a show place, services with café,
restaurant, VIP hall and underground garage are all available
there. The advanced computer-controlled multifunctional stage
equipment not only can meet the requirements of opera, ballet and
symphony, but also can satisfy the world-class performing troupes.
The grand theatre has really brought elegant art to Shanghai
people’s daily lives. Visitors want to appreciate a performance
there can call the ticket hotline: 021-63728702.
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
Admission Fee: 20 yuan per adult
Hours: 09:00–17:00 from Monday to Thursday and 09:00–18:00 from Friday
Ticket Hotline: 86-21-63722077
Bus Routes: NO. 18、20、23、37、46、48、49、108、109、112、123、145、518
Channel Routes: Line3, Line6 Metro: Line.1, Line.2
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