It's New Year again. Time flies. The wheel of time just rolls on, sweeping away everything in its path. Its advance brings a lot of new things, but it also crushes many beautiful old things. A few lucky survivors are the only tangible connection between people and the past. When people get nostalgic, they turn to them for comfort. Below are three old parks in Shanghai. Why not take out some time to re-visit these old parks and embrace the New Year in old surroundings?
Shanghai gathered a good number of foreign settlements from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. Fuxing Park is a nice place to feel like you've revived Shanghai's foreign settlement era.
Founded in 1909, Fuxing Park was once an exclusive entertainment park for French expatriates. It's located in the old Shanghai town and is one of Shanghai's oldest parks. Due to its French connection, the layout is different from ordinary Chinese parks. Other parks feature bridges, creeks and kiosks, but Fuxing Park features wide promenades and open meadows, more commonly found in European parks. Fuxing Park also boasts Shanghai's first merry-go-round.
With a hundred years of history, Fuxing Park lives in the minds of many Shanghai people. Before going to the park, visitors may go and read some of these books; it may help bring them back to the old days.
Location: No.105, Yandanglu, Luwan District
Founded in 1914, Zhongshan Park was renamed Zhongshan Park in 1941 to commemorate Sun Yat-sen, a pioneer of the Chinese revolution. Zhongshan Park is famous for its vegetation coverage, and it's located in downtown Shanghai. Considering Shanghai's high land prices, for a large park to survive downtown is something rare.
Zhongshan Park boasts both big regular meadows and delicate Chinese style gardens. People can also find a comprehensive set of outdoor exercise equipment. Kids may also love Zhongshan Park for its many slides.
Location: No.780, Changninglu, Changning District