The Peoples Square was formerly a racecourse used by the elite members of The Shanghai Race Club to race horses. The curves in the road at Nanjing East road are a secret reminder of where the course used to extend.

Many of the outstanding hertitage building you see in this are were somehow related to the racing culture of old Shanghai. The Park Hotel was the luxury hotel used by visiting racehorse owners during racedays and the former Shanghai Art Museum (now relocated to the China Pavilion on the Expo 2010 grounds) was located in the former clubhouse and racing stadium at the northwest corner of the Square.

Peoples Square formerly a racecourse 

Located quite close to Nanjing Lu, the main shopping street in Shanghai People Square is at the heart of the Puxi district of Shanghai. It is an important hub for the Shanghai metro system (lines 1, 2 and 8 runs through it), and the Shanghai municipal government building is also locaed here.

Shanghai People's Square

In addition to being the home of several of Shanghai's top attractions it is also an attraction in it's own right. A park covers a large part of the square which is a popular meeting place for local Shanghai people, both old and young. It can give an interesting insight into Chinese culture to see people practising tai chi, playing checkers, card games and other games at various places around the park.

There is also an underground shopping area. While the shops are perhaps nothing special there is a mock-up of a Shanghai street from the 1930's which is worth a visit. There is no admission charge to the park or the street.

The following main Shanghai attractions are located in People Square: Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Urban Planning and Exhibition Hall, and Shanghai Grand Theatre.

 A busy highway runs through the square east-west and access to areas on the other side is only possible via pedestrian bridges or via the underground station. The easiest way to get to the square is by metro line 1, 2, or 8. Alternatively access to the square is also relatively easy via an underpass from Nanjing Lu.

WARNING--Please remember that this tourist area of Shanghai is filled with slick scammers who appear neatly dressed, nice and respectful, and good looking.  They ask you to help them practice English, and then after a bit, suggest you follow them to a tea house, art shop, massage parlor, or whatever seems appropriate.  DO NOT FOLLOW THESE PEOPLE ANYWHERE.  

You do not have to be rude, just tell them you are busy and walk on.  Every day they scam thousands of yuan from unsuspecting tourists who think they have run into friendly natives.  Chinese people, by and large, do not go out of their way to speak to strangers.   They are, by nature, shy, and will be helpful when approached.  When they approach you and speak English, that is the red flag some scam is about to be launched.