Escape from Shanghai (in Jing'an Park)!

Culture | by Stephan Larose
Posted: July 21st, 2010 | Updated: July 21st, 2010 | Comments
Though Jing'an Temple itself is a mainstay on the Shanghai tourist circuit, lesser known is the temple's eponymously-named cousin across the way, Jing'an Park. Though much smaller than some of the city's better known parks, such as Pudong's Century Park and Putuo's Changfeng Park, it's the only park within walking range of the temple. Read more to view photos of this beautiful pocket park. If you need a change of scenery from Nanjing Road's soaring high rises and designer boutiques, or just shade to cool you down on a sweltering summer day, Jing'an Park is is the place to go. It's literally just a few steps from the temple itself. Once inside, you can wander through a few man-made caves and around a picturesque pond towards the spacious, and apparently unguarded,  grassy area (most Shanghai parks post guards around grassy areas to prevent people from treading on them), making this possibly some of the only Frisbee-friendly turf in the city. There's even an attractive little Indonesian restaurant here, Bali Laguna, where you can enjoy some Balinese cuisine while people-watching from the pond-side patio.
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