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Updated: 2013-08-28

2.Parks and gardens

Tangqiao Park

Tangqiao Park, a nearly 40,000-square-meter large public green, was established on Dongfang Road in December 2001. The park lies on the west side of Dongfang Road, with Zhangjiabang to the north. The Custom Apartment sits to its west and Eshan Road to its south. It covers an area of 37,700 square meters, with a lake spanning 13,000 square meters and green areas making up 60 percent of the park.

Various architectural pieces adorn the park, cleverly blending the park with its surroundings. With “forest and water” as its theme, the park’s lake is connected with Zhangjiabang Creek, allowing boats from the creek to enter directly into the park. The unique feature creates a sightseeing tour inside and outside the park.

Shanghai Botanical Garden

This garden was built in 1974 on 81 hectares of land and is China’s largest urban botanical garden, with more than 3,000 types of plants, and containing an Evolution of Plants area, Environmental Protection area, Potted Landscape, Medicinal Herbs, Greenhouse Exhibit, Orchids, Landscaping Demonstration, and Hall of Plants. It also imports various species for indigenous cultivation, scientific research, science popularization, education, sightseeing, and production.

Address: 1111 Longwu Rd

Tel: (86)-021-54363369

Century Park

Century Park is located at the east end of Century Blvd and is the city’s largest ecological park, covering approximately 140 hectares, with a British design for a modern Chinese garden that integrates Eastern and Western cultures and man and nature. It consists of large lawns, forests and lakes, with a beautiful scenic area in Century Park, which contains Central Lake Island, Huiwu Square, Rural Garden, International Garden, and Thin Forest Lawn. It also has areas for birds, scientific research and experiments, and children’s amusement facilities.

The park has a concert stage and a place where people can rent tandem bicycles or cycling-cars for convenient travel. Its landscape is a combination of British, Japanese and Chinese styles, with the better-known places being Lucky Pond, Bird Island, and the lotus pond.

Address: 1001 Jinxiu Rd

Tel: (86)-021-8376-0588

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

The Aquarium is located in Lujiazui, the commercial district of Pudong, adjacent to the Oriental Pearl Tower, is a unique world-class leisure destination in the city and one of the largest aquariums in Asia, costing $50 million. It covers several levels and has nine major exhibition areas and several dozen themed areas, and the world's longest underwater viewing tunnel, at 155 meters long.

Visitors can experience the wonders and beauty of the undersea world and the uniqueness of each continent. Immediately upon entering, visitors find themselves immersed in an amazing aquatic world home to more than 15,000 fishes from over 360 species. They can see some rare and endangered aquatic animals from China and different species from other oceans and continents, such as the sawfish, leafy and weedy sea dragons, sand tiger sharks, electric eels, seals, penguins, and many more.

Hours: 9 am - 6 pm normally; 9 am - 9 pm on summer and Golden Week holidays