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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 Westin Bund Center, Shanghai SG$177
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    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District and The Bund. Yu Garden and Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Yuyuan Garden Station is 5 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 8 minutes.

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    555 Middle Xizang Road, (Close to Nanjing), Huangpu District, 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, People's Square and The Bund. People's Square Station is only a 5-minute walk and Dashijie Station is 13 minutes.

      Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World SG$133
      Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World

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

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        No. 839 Renmin Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          No.99 Madang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, Shanghai
             
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            Hyatt On The Bund SG$198
            Hyatt On The Bund

            Hyatt On The Bund

            199 Huang Pu Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              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.

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                Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai - a concept by Hyatt

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                88 Songshan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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