Huang Pu Park is a place you don’t want to miss. It is known as the earliest park open to the public in China. After the Opium War of 1840, this area belonged to the British Settlement. As this settlement’s population grew, foreigners realized they needed a park to spend leisure time. In 1868, the British consul received a permit to use the land for free and built a garden they named Public Garden. The garden was designed by a Scottish gardener. Since it was completed the garden only allowed admission to westerners until 1928 when the garden was open to Chinese without any requirements. In 1949, the Public Garden was renamed Huang Pu Park.
The current Huang Pu Park was rebuilt in the 1990’s. Now, we can see some green lawns and sculptures in this area. A circular platform was built on the riverfront side of the park. The platform includes a 120-meter long granite relief work at the bottom that is the “Monument to the People’s Heroes in Shanghai.” The monument represents three events: “The Great War of People’s Liberation,” “The May Fourth Movement,” and “The Opium War.” It was completed in 1994.
The monument square is a great place for visitors and locals to pay respect to the heroes and hold memorial activities.