Shanghai's People's Park was created in 1952 on the site of the old British Shanghai Race Club. The park is located near People's Square (between the Shanghai City Government buildings and the Nanjing Road shopping district). The park is about 24 acres (97,000 square meters, 9.7 hectares) with many distinct areas for rest and play.
I enter the park through one of the gardens near the People's Square Metro Station, admiring the great floral displays.
The path through the gardens leads me to an interconnected series of ponds, surrounded by small buildings in which people are relaxing, playing games, and socializing.
Past the ponds is a marriage market in which parents have written down and are advertising the good characteristics of their offspring to help find them a spouse/partner.
Passing through the marriage market, I reach the amusement park and playground, with rides and games for all.
And, a walking trail map and a refreshment kiosk offer physical and culinary delights to the visitors.
Leaving the park, I look back at the unassuming entrance and think of the wonders hidden inside. What a great place to spend the afternoon!