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Review of Century Park

Century Park
Ranked #37 of 1,320 things to do in Shanghai
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Hong Kong, China
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

What are you after? Some green grass? Yes, you can get it here. A bit MORE open space that some others in Puxi... Fuxing Park, Xiangyang Park (if you can find it!); and a little less crowded than Zhongshan Park (which is just TOO crowded for me, though it is a kind of oasis in that very dense suburb...)

Century Park was designed to be a wide, open and tree-filled space in the generally wider spaces of Pudong....(that means, east of the river). You can get there directly by exiting at Century Park subway stop. (Line 2, the green one, and several other urban lines). Crowded, but easy. An early-morning visit can be very nice. It is MUCH larger and more generous than the stingy, narrow, over-commercialized strips along the modernized Bund, which has been forcibly shrunk on both Puxi and Pudong sides. The large lake in the Park gives a pleasant expanse of rippling water, and a relatively peaceful feeling. You can try to forget that you are in a major city. You can jog along the lake or use a bicycle, or a 'rickshaw; you can take cute photos with a green theme. You may see some waddling ducks. (Are they still there?) Nature of any serious kind is hard to find nowadays in Shanghai, despite much pleasant greenery along freeway verges, etc. If you want to eat, be prepared with a good, old-fashioned bag of fruit and sandwiches; don't rely on snack stalls. Several hours can be spent restfully here; it's a little larger than you think, and is pleasant even on drizzly days. (YES, bring a large golf-type umbrella or a big rain poncho if you are not sure!) As it's right near an urban subway stop (it used to be 'far', but not any more!!) this is a better choice for getting some fresh green input, than a very long haul to the water's edge at Nanhui, or a packed subway (line 9) out to Sheshan and some of the ugliest sculpture ("Sculpture Park") in the southern hemisphere. And there's no good food out there, either!

Visited May 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Very busy but nice walk”
Reviewed March 11, 2014

This park is very busy in the summer which is not to nice but there are many things to do like renting a small boat on the (dirty) lake, renting a bike at the many bike stands or just looking at the scenery and at the amazing flowers and trees in spring and summer. it is worth going to but get's very boring if you go many times!

Visited March 2014
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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66 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed January 14, 2014

With minimal entry fee of 10 RMB its a great place to visit. The park offers boating and a mini amusement park for the kids. The park is a conducive place to jog, walk, camping or for just a casual visitor like me.

Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
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456 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“Similar to Central Park in NYC”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

This reminded me of Central Park in New York City. It is a calm among the 23 million people in Shanghai, and an oasis of quiet and solitude. There are bikes for rent, an amusement park, and many schoolchildren when we were there. It was a wonderful experience to see this beautiful park amid the hustle and bustle of Shanghai.

Visited November 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Busy decent park”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

Since there's a small 10RMB fee to get in, they seem to take better care of this park than others in Shanghai. It's a nice simple park. You can rent an electric boat to go around their small lake at a painfully slow pace. There are lots of people fishing here such it looks extremely overfished. Overall, it's a pleasant park to walk around, but kind of busy.

Visited November 2013
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