One of my favorite parks for these walks is Zhongshan park, about 6.5km (4 miles) from People's Square. The walk to the park passes through a lot of scenic Shanghai neighborhoods and takes me an hour and a quarter to an hour and a half to get there from my hotel.
Zhongshan Park, created in 1914, is spread over a city block, a great oasis in the city. The park is named for Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, who served as the first president of the Republic of China in 1912.
Map of Zhongshan Park
As soon as I arrive at the park I see people playing badminton outside, next to a group practicing ballroom dancing.
Playing badminton on the sidewalk outside the park
Ballroom dancing outside and inside the park
More sculpture and gardens
Exercising groupThen, another group singing.
Then some practice of all sorts of things with all age groups.
Writing with water (near the badminton players)
An, of course, outside the park there more great plantings and sculpture.
More gardens and sculpture just outside Zhongshan Park