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1001 Jinxiu Lu, near Minsheng Lu
HOURS: Daily 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
METRO: Century Park (Line 2)
This huge green space extends for 140 hectares (346 acres) across Pudong and is the largest downtown park in the city. Its lakes, lawns, and pathways are popular with bike riders, kite flyers, and city dwellers in need of some fresh air.
The park was designed by a British landscaping company, but the style of the gardens is Japanese and Chinese. It was constructed to act as a “green lung,” providing extra oxygen to the city’s air, thanks to its many trees. Wilderness areas sit side by side with seven scenic spots, like ponds and pavilions, with the huge central lake as a focal point.
Rent tandem bikes to explore the farthest extremities or bring your sneakers and jog around the six-kilometer (3.7 mi) perimeter. The park is easily reachable by the metro station of the same name.
© Susie Gordon from Moon Beijing & Shanghai, 2nd Edition