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People's Square
Vacation Travel Guide

To see the modern heart of Shanghai, visit this square, a vast green space surrounded by museums and a grand theater. 

People's Square, or Renmin Square, is Shanghai’s massive central square. This popular public gathering place is home to the Shanghai Museum, the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall and the Grand Theater, among other attractions. Admire the towering modern buildings that surround the square and watch local residents chatting and flying ornate kites over the grassy lawn areas.

The square was established in 1862 and served as the site of the Shanghai racecourse. The only surviving aspect of the original racecourse is its former clubhouse, which is now the home of the Shanghai Art Museum. Head inside this museum and notice how it still resembles an old-fashioned gentlemen’s club with an open layout and lacquered wood floors.

On the west end of the square, you’ll see the curved roof of the Shanghai Grand Theater. Buy tickets to see one of the ballet productions, Broadway shows or orchestra concerts that are regularly performed at this important venue.

Be sure to visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall on the northeast end of the square near the austere Shanghai Government Building. Fascinating detailed scale models of central Shanghai show how the city’s footprint has expanded dramatically over the last century. Don’t miss the virtual tour of the city.

Walk to the south side of the square to see the venerable Shanghai Museum. Designed to resemble a Chinese cooking pot, this unique building houses an impressive collection of ancient Chinese art, including bronze, jade, calligraphy, scrolls, painting, coins and ceramics.

Find a seat on a bench and watch locals strolling, feeding pigeons, roller skating and practicing tai chi. Look for the distinct tower of Tomorrow Square overlooking the scene, as well as the unusual rounded top of the Radisson Hotel Shanghai New World. Near the People’s Square subway station, descend underground to explore its massive subterranean shopping plaza. Weekends can be extremely busy here, so it’s best to come during the week when the area is quieter.

People's Square is located in central Shanghai. Get here by taking the subway or bus. Several major lines intersect at the square.

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Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
5 out of 5
88 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥10,203 per night from Mar 26 to Mar 27

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, and Brilliance ...

4.3/5Excellent! (991 reviews)

"Great value for a prime location. My kids enjoyed the pool. We loved the spacious room and breakfast buffet. Overall, it could use a bit of cleaning and updating, but it’s typical of Shanghai hotels."…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2021

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The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
5 out of 5
No.99 Madang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥16,369 per night from Mar 19 to Mar 20

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of K11 Art Mall, Shanghai Museum, and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre. People's Square ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (593 reviews)

"The location is good. The hotel facilities are getting old though. The Tang Court restaurant is not as good as before."…"

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

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JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square
JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square
5 out of 5
399 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥13,453 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai Grand Theatre, Huanghe Road, and People's Square. Nanjing Road Shopping ...

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Excellent Location

"Excellent location."…"

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2019

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Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
5 out of 5
88 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥10,203 per night from Mar 26 to Mar 27
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The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
5 out of 5
No.99 Madang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥16,369 per night from Mar 19 to Mar 20
The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi
JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square
JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square
5 out of 5
399 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥13,453 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15
JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square
Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel
Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel
4.5 out of 5
159 South He Nan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥8,719 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10
Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden Hotel
The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai
The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai
5 out of 5
88 Henan Central Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥11,803 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15
The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai
The Shanghai EDITION
The Shanghai EDITION
5 out of 5
199 Nanjing Road East, Huangpu, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥26,473 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10
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Sofitel Shanghai Hyland
Sofitel Shanghai Hyland
4 out of 5
505 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥8,335 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11
Sofitel Shanghai Hyland
Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai - a concept by Hyatt
4.5 out of 5
88 Songshan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥14,254 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10
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Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre
Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre
5 out of 5
555 Middle Xizang Road, (Close to Nanjing), Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
The price is ¥11,136 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13
Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre
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