As Times Square belongs to New York and Tiananmen Square belongs to Beijing, the People’s Square symbolizes Shanghai.
People’s Square is at the central position of Shanghai and covers an area of 140,000 square meters. The People’s Avenue runs across this area and divides it into two sections: north and south.
In the early 1950’s, the People’s Square was the “number 1 race course in the Far East,” but in the 1990’s, People’s Square underwent a massive reconstruction.
The north of the square is occupied by three spectacular buildings; the Grand Theater, City Hall and the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall. In the middle of the south is a music fountain where there are 6 pieces of bas-relief around the fountain which reflect the history and culture of Shanghai as well as the goodwill of the city. In the south of the fountain is the Shanghai Museum. It boasts a collection of over a million historical artifacts and it’s a popular attraction. In the east of the fountain is a rest area and in the west of the fountain are large patches of lawn where over a 1000 pigeons can be seen.
The City Hall is the symbol of Shanghai’s political life and the Shanghai Museum and Grand Theater make the square a culture center, but the square is also a traffic hub where subway lines, bus routes and elevated expressways all converge. People’s Square has become a popular destination for local visitors and those from abroad.