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People's Square

To see the modern heart of Shanghai, visit this square, a vast green space surrounded by museums and a grand theater. 

People's Square, or Renmin Square, is Shanghai’s massive central square. This popular public gathering place is home to the Shanghai Museum, the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and the Grand Theater, among other attractions. Admire the towering modern buildings that surround the square and watch local residents chatting and flying ornate kites over the grassy lawn areas. 

The square was established in 1862 and served as the site of the Shanghai racecourse. The only surviving aspect of the original racecourse is its former clubhouse, which is now the home of the Shanghai Art Museum. Head inside this museum and notice how it still resembles an old-fashioned gentlemen’s club with an open layout and lacquered wood floors.

On the west end of the square, you’ll see the curved roof of the Shanghai Grand Theater. Buy tickets to see one of the ballet productions, Broadway shows or orchestra concerts that are regularly performed at this important venue. 

Be sure to visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall on the northeast end of the square near the austere Shanghai Government Building. Fascinating detailed scale models of central Shanghai show how the city’s footprint has expanded dramatically over the last century. Don’t miss the virtual tour of the city.

Walk to the south side of the square to see the venerable Shanghai Museum. Designed to resemble a Chinese cooking pot, this unique building houses an impressive collection of ancient Chinese art, including bronze, jade, calligraphy, scrolls, painting, coins and ceramics. 

Find a seat on a bench and watch locals strolling, feeding pigeons, roller skating and practicing tai chi. Look for the distinct tower of Tomorrow Square overlooking the scene, as well as the unusual rounded top of the Radisson Hotel Shanghai New World. Near the People’s Square subway station, descend underground to explore its massive subterranean shopping plaza. Weekends can be extremely busy here, so it’s best to come during the week when the area is quieter.

People's Square is located in central Shanghai. Get here by taking the subway or bus. Several major lines intersect at the square. 


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The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi NT$3,794
The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

No.99 Madang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, Shanghai
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Former French Concession and K11 Art Mall. Shanghai Museum and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre are also within 15 minutes. South Huangpi Road Station is only a 4-minute walk and Xintiandi Station is 7 minutes.

    JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square NT$3,261
    JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square

    JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square

    399 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai Grand Theatre, People's Square, and Nanjing Road Shopping District. Renmin Park and Huanghe Road are also within 15 minutes. People's Square Station is 9 minutes by foot and Dashijie Station is 10 minutes.

      Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai
      Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai

      Ascott Huai Hai Road Shanghai

      No 282,Huai Hai Road Central, Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Huai Hai Road Shopping District, People's Square, and Former French Concession. Nanjing Road Shopping District and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). South Huangpi Road Station is only a 4-minute walk and Dashijie Station is 8 minutes.

        The Sukhothai Shanghai NT$5,052
        The Sukhothai Shanghai

        The Sukhothai Shanghai

        380 Weihai Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai Natural History Museum, and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre. Jing'an Temple and Yu Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km). South Huangpi Road Station is 6 minutes by foot and Dashijie Station is 15 minutes.

          Sofitel Shanghai Hyland NT$2,018
          Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

          Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

          505 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, Shanghai
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Shanghai, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, People's Square, and Yu Garden. Former French Concession and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km). East Nanjing Road Station is 6 minutes by foot and Yuyuan Garden Station is 8 minutes.

            The Shanghai EDITION NT$6,665
            The Shanghai EDITION

            The Shanghai EDITION

            199 Nanjing Road East, Huangpu, Shanghai, Shanghai
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, Yu Garden, and People's Square. Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Grand Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km). East Nanjing Road Station is only a 3-minute walk and Yuyuan Garden Station is 14 minutes.

              Metropolo Classiq Shanghai Peoples Square Hotel NT$2,401
              Metropolo Classiq Shanghai Peoples Square Hotel

              Metropolo Classiq Shanghai Peoples Square Hotel

              123 South Xizang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Shanghai, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of People's Square and Shanghai Museum. Huai Hai Road Shopping District and Nanjing Road Shopping District are also within 10 minutes. Dashijie Station is only a 2-minute walk and Yuyuan Garden Station is 12 minutes.

                The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai NT$2,394
                The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

                The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

                No. 740 Hankou Road, People's Square, Shanghai, Shanghai
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of West Nanjing Road and Nanjing Road Shopping District. People's Square and Yu Garden are also within 2 mi (3 km). People's Square Station is only a 4-minute walk and Dashijie Station is 11 minutes.