Shanghai Century Park

Map of Shanghai Century Park
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Located on Jinxiu Road in the Pudong New Area of Shanghai, Century Park focuses on lawns, woods, and lakes. The park was designed by the British environmental consultancy LUC and was built in four years from 1996 to 2000. It got its name because it is situated at the end of Century Avenue. Its construction was completed in 2000, the starting point of the new century. The park is known as "Holiday Park" because it is both modern and natural. Numerous different facilities are provided for tourists in the park. They can feed pigeons, go fishing, row a boat, peddle a bicycle, or have fun in the green maze.

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.

Lakeside Scenic Area

The major things to do in this area include visiting the Century Clock, Mirror Lake, and the Green World Relief Sculpture Wall.

Century Clock

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.

Mirror Lake

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.

Green World Relief Sculpture Wall

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.

Forest Landscape Area

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.

Amenity Grass

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!

Nature Reserve

It mainly includes Birds' Island and the Montreal Garden.

Birds' Island

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.

Montreal Garden

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.

Folk Village

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.

Exotic Zone

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!

Mini Golf Course

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.

Plum Blossom Show

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.

How to get to Shanghai Century Park

 By metro:
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.

 By bus:
1. Take bus 184, 794, 640, or Pudong 35, get off at the Jinxiulu Shijidadao Station, and enter the park through Gate 1.
2. Take bus Huamu 1, get off at the Fangdianlu Huamulu Station, and enter the park through Gate 5.
3. Take bus 1013, get off at the Century Park Subway Station, walk northward, and enter the park through Gate 7.
 Note: Only Gate 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 are open to tourists.
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Ticket Price Free Entry
Opening Hours May 1 to October 31: 5:00- 22:00
November 1 to April 30: 5:00- 21:00
- Last updated on Feb. 08, 2024 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on Shanghai Century Park
Asked by Kaixi from BELGIUM | Mar. 14, 2019 15:42Reply
How much time should we spend here if we want to see everything in Shanghai Century Park?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jane from USA | Mar. 14, 2019 21:01

4-5 hours is needed if you see everything on foot.
Asked by Maryline from FRANCE | Apr. 26, 2018 04:36Reply
Can we enter in Shanghai Century Park with balls, scooters or skateboards/waveboards?
Answers (1)
Answered by Grayson from USA | May. 04, 2018 02:16

Yes, you can enter this park with ball, scooters or skateboards.
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