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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. 

Like to make your time spent at People's Square even more unforgettable? Don't miss the chance to try a few of these things to do:

Check out our Shanghai things to do page to find even more activities in the area.


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Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre $126
Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

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 $121
    Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World

    Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World

    88 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 Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, and Brilliance Shimao International Plaza. Nanjing Road Shopping District and Shanghai Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). People's Square Station is only a 3-minute walk and Xinzha Road Station is 13 minutes.

      The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi $187
      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 15-minute walk of Former French Concession, People's Square, and Shanghai Museum. Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre and Yu Garden are also within 2 mi (3 km). South Huangpi Road Station is only a 4-minute walk and Xintiandi Station is 7 minutes.

        Grand Central Hotel Shanghai $111
        Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

        Grand Central Hotel Shanghai

        505 Jiujiang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District and Old Chinese City. The Bund and Shanghai Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). East Nanjing Road Station is 7 minutes by foot and Yuyuan Garden Station is 7 minutes.

          The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai $164
          The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

          The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

          88 Henan Central Road, 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, The Bund, and Yu Garden. Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum and Shanghai World Financial Center are also within 2 mi (3 km). Yuyuan Garden Station is 5 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 8 minutes.

            Guxiang Hotel Shanghai (Howard Johnson Plaza) $108
            Guxiang Hotel Shanghai (Howard Johnson Plaza)

            Guxiang Hotel Shanghai (Howard Johnson Plaza)

            595 Jiu Jiang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nanjing Road Shopping District and Old Chinese City. The Bund and Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park are also within 15 minutes. Yuyuan Garden Station is 9 minutes by foot and East Nanjing Road Station is 10 minutes.

              Sofitel Shanghai Hyland $127
              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, Shanghai Museum, and People's Square. Yu Garden and Former French Concession are also within 2 mi (3 km). East Nanjing Road Station is 6 minutes by foot and Yuyuan Garden Station is 8 minutes.

                Hao Du Hotel $31
                Hao Du Hotel

                Hao Du Hotel

                No. 41 South Guangxi Road, Shanghai
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Shanghai, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Chinese City, Shanghai Museum, and Nanjing Road Shopping District. The Bund and Yu Garden are also within 15 minutes. Yuyuan Garden Station is only a 4-minute walk and Dashijie Station is 12 minutes.