While Shanghai may be known for its modern buildings and mighty skyscrapers, an inner-city oasis lies just a stone’s throw from the city’s concrete jungle. Reconnect with nature in Fuxing Park, where 10 hectares of immaculate gardens teem with native flora and fauna, glittering fish ponds and grand pavilions, all only moments from Radisson Blu Shanghai New World.
Discover the History
Once one of the Ming Dynasty’s private gardens, this living relic of China’s colonial history became heavily French-inspired in 1909 during France’s occupation of the area. The only park of its kind in Shanghai, Fuxing Park still maintains the trademarks of European design today, with a purpose-built lake, opulent water fountains and manicured flower beds found throughout.
Enjoy a Picnic
One of the largest green space in all of Shanghai, there are few better places in the city to have an afternoon lunch alfresco. On arrival, make a beeline to the park’s north end, where ample green space, overhanging sycamore trees and the soft trickle of fountains create the perfect atmosphere for a picnic.
See the Sculptures
Boasting many sculptures throughout its 10-hectare expanse, Fuxing Park’s famous statue of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels is a must-see sight while in the area. Erected on the 19th anniversary of Engels death, the statue serves as a tribute to the philosopher, whose socialist ideologies still resonate in modern Chinese society.
Take in the Local Culture
An excellent place for people watching, Fuxing Park is one of the best areas in the city to get a feel for the local life. Make yourself comfortable on one of the many park benches and look on as park-goers practice Tai Chi, play Mah-jong and cast fishing rods into the garden’s koi-filled pond.
Wander the Gardens
Well known for its thoughtfully landscaped surrounds, there is no shortage of native and exotic plant species to admire in Fuxing Park. Follow the pathways that weave through the gardens and you’ll find a plethora of beautiful floral displays, from the Azalea and Camelia Flower Beds to the legendary Rose Garden.
Want to escape Shanghai’s hustle and bustle? Spend a calming afternoon in Fuxing Park before retreating to the comfort and luxury of Radisson Blu Shanghai New World’s 5-star accommodation. Complete with stylish suites, a full-service spa and a revolving restaurant, our hotel in Shanghai has all the amenities you need to create your dream holiday.
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