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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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Lodging Near People's Square

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Le Royal Meridien Shanghai $119
Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

789 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai
     
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    This central Shanghai hotel is on the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, within 1.5 kilometers of the Bund.

    Grand Central Hotel Shanghai $131
    Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

    Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

    505 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai
       
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      of 5, from 1,255 reviews
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      Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Three on the Bund, The Bund, and Old Chinese City. Yu Yuan Garden and Nanjing Road Shopping District are also within 15 minutes.

      Fairmont Peace Hotel $220
      Fairmont Peace Hotel

      Fairmont Peace Hotel

      20 Nanjing Road East, Huang Pu District, Shanghai
         
        4.7
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        This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of The Bund and Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park. Nanjing Road Shopping District and Old Chinese City are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai $165
        Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

        Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

        33 Fu Cheng Road, Shanghai
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 268 reviews
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          This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located on the waterfront, just steps from Super Brand Mall and Oriental Pearl Tower. Shanghai Tower and Jin Mao Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Sofitel Shanghai Hyland $104
          Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

          Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

          505 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 1,075 reviews
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            This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Three on the Bund, The Bund, and Old Chinese City. Yu Yuan Garden and Nanjing Road Shopping District are also within 10 minutes.

            New Harbour Service Apartments $87
            New Harbour Service Apartments

            New Harbour Service Apartments

            No 88 Yongshou Road Huang Pu D, Shanghai
               
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              Located in downtown Shanghai, this hotel is in a lively neighbourhood of small restaurants and shops, a short walk to People's Square, and 1.5 km (1 mile) from The Bund and Nanjing Road shopping.

              Majesty Plaza Shanghai $95
              Majesty Plaza Shanghai

              Majesty Plaza Shanghai

              700 Jiujiang Road/719 Nanjing Road, Shanghai
                 
                3.7
                of 5, from 516 reviews
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                Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District, The Bund, and Shanghai Museum. Yu Yuan Garden and Old Chinese City are also within 15 minutes.

                Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre $118
                Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

                Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

                555 Xi Zang Road Middle, Shanghai
                   
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                  Located in Downtown Shanghai, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District and People's Square. The Bund is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) away.