Shanghai Century Park
|Map of Shanghai Century Park |
(Click to enlarge)
With an area of 346 acres (140 hectares), Century Park is divided into seven parts, including the Lakeside Scenic Area, the Forest Landscape Area, the Amenity Grass, the Nature Reserve, the Folk Village, the Exotic Zone, and the Mini Golf Course. There are eight entrances in total, and five of them are open to the public: Gate 1 at the end of Century Avenue, Gate 2 at the crossroad of Jinxiu Road and Minsheng Road, Gate 3 at the crossroad of Jinxiu Road and Jinsong Road, Gate 5 at the crossroad of Huamu Road and Fangdian Road, and Gate 7 at the intersection of Huamu Road and Yinghua Road.
The major things to do in this area include visiting the Century Clock, Mirror Lake, and the Green World Relief Sculpture Wall.
Lakeside Scenic Area
It is a symbolic scenic spot in Century Park. The three hands of the clock are white, and the twelve graduations are made of Chinese little leaf boxes. Beautiful flowers are arranged around the clock, making it colorful and delicate. The Century Clock is controlled from a satellite, with an error of less than 0.03 second. Thus, it is of high artistic, scientific, and practical value.
Located in the west of the park, Mirror Lake is the largest artificial lake in Shanghai. The lake covers a total are of 31 acres (12.5 hectares), and is as deep as 16 feet (5 meters). To the east of the lake is a water lock which controls the water level. Mirror Lake is blue and clean, with the blue sky and white clouds reflected in it. That is very charming! Standing on the wharf by the lake, tourists can see the Lujiazui Financial and Trade Zone in the distance.
It presents 29 species of animals and plants from the Asian-Pacific Region. It covers a total area of 213 square yards (178 square meters), and measures 87 yards (80 meters) in length. The animals include China pandas, elephants from Thailand, buffalos from Vietnam, Australian kangaroos, American eagles, and Russian bears. The plants, which vary from tropical plants, semi-tropical plants, temperate plants, to frigid ones, show that creatures adapt themselves to the environment.
Green World Relief Sculpture Wall
The main attraction here is the Open-air Music Square. It is situated in the west of Century Park. The square covers a total area of 2 acres (8,000 square meters), with a seating capacity of 2,500 people. This is the largest artificial open-air music square in China.
Forest Landscape Area
Located in the south of the park, the Amenity Grass is characterized by soft green grass, dotted with European-style buildings with red roof tiles. The Spring Garden, Summer Garden, Autumn Garden, and Winter Garden present tourists with the beauty of all the seasons. Additionally, there is a clear stream flowing by. The scenery is quite fascinating!
It mainly includes Birds' Island and the Montreal Garden.
It is located at the center of Century Park, with an area of 5 acres (2 hectares). More than 100 magpies are bred here. Moreover, there are more than 50 species of trees on the island, such as peach trees, plum blossom trees, and camphor trees. The tranquil island and the lively birds are in perfect harmony with each other. Tourists will relax and delight in the lovely scenery.
It is comprised of islands, lakes, exhibition halls, media rooms, and coffee bars, with a total area of 5 acres (2 hectares). The construction of the park was sponsored by the Canadian Government, the Quebec Provincial Government, and the Montreal Municipal Government, hence its name. The garden is intended to show the harmony among men, nature, science and technology, which is cherished by both Chinese and Canadian people.
Passing through Gate 3, tourists will see the Folk Village in the northeast of the park. The white beach by the limpid lake is surrounded with tall palm trees. Broad Ginkgo Avenue leads to the village. On either side of the avenue are exuberant ginkgo trees which are dozens of years old. In a word, the area brims a fresh pure atmosphere, making tourists comfortable and relaxed.
The highlight of the Exotic Zone lies in the Olmec Colossal Head in the southeast of the Century Park. It was presented to the Shanghai Municipal Government by the Veracruz State Government of Mexico. It is a copy of the eighth original Olmec Head of Mexico. As an embodiment of Mexican civilization, the Olmec culture is characterized by its outstanding carving. The head-shaped stone carving is the well-known piece, and features thick lips, big eyes, and a square face. That looks very splendid!
The Mini Golf Course in the west end of the park takes up a total area of 8.6 acres (3.5 hectares). There are nine holes on the course for golfers to have fun. The course is also equipped with some barriers, including ponds, shrubs, and bunkers. In addition, coffee bars, golf rental shops, bathrooms, and lounge halls can be found nearby. Golf lovers can have a great time here.
Mini Golf Course
The park has a long history of hosting the Plum Blossom Show. At the beginning, some potted plum blossoms were displayed in the Montreal Garden Scenic Area during the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival). That was a small-scale exhibition. Nowadays, there are more than 3,000 plum blossom trees in the park. It is the largest plum blossom woods in Shanghai. Local people as well as tourists often come to the park to enjoy the beautiful and fragrant plum blossoms in winter and spring.
Plum Blossom Show
How to get to Shanghai Century Park
1. Take line 2, and get off at the Century Park Station, Exit 1. Enter the park through Gate 7.
2. Take line 2, and get off at the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Exit 5. Enter the park through Gate 1.
3. Take line 9, and get off at the Middle Yanggao Road Station, Exit 3. Enter the park through Gate 2.
4. Take line 7, and get off at the Huamu Road Station, Exit 5. Enter the park through Gate 5.
1. Take bus 184, 794, 638, 640, or Pudong 35, get off at the Jinxiulu Shijidadao Station, and enter the park through Gate 1.
2. Take bus Pudong 35, 640, or 794, get off at the Minshenglu Jinxiulu Station, and enter the park through Gate 2.
3. Take bus Huamu 1, get off at the Fangdianlu Jinxiulu Station, and enter the park through Gate 3.
4. Take bus Huamu 1, get off at the Fangdianlu Huamulu Station, and enter the park through Gate 5.
5. Take bus 1013, get off at the Century Park Subway Station, walk northward, and enter the park through Gate 7.
Shanghai Bus / Metro Search
|Ticket Price||CNY 10 |
Free for children under 1.3 meters (4.3 feet).
|Opening Hours||March 16th to November 15th: 7:00- 18:00 |
November 16th to March 15th: 7:00- 17:00
Recommended Nearby Attractions
1. Shanghai Science and Technology Museum
2. Huamu Park