To spend leisure hours there is no better place in Shanghai than the vast Century Park. Created in the year 2000 this huge green expanse extends over no less than 350 acres with several kilometres of well laid out footpaths. The landscaping at Century Park is unobtrusive and restrained but this does not detract from the serene beauty and laidback appeal of the parkland.
A unique aspect of the park is its harmonious blend of Eastern and Western landscape design. A combination of British, Chinese and Japanese elements have been artfully integrated to create a unique amalgamation of exceptionally picturesque landscape features. Here you will find Chinese themed sections of forest in proximity to Japanese gardens and typical English lawns.
A particularly attractive feature of the parkland is its extraordinary selection of blooms which never fail to enthral the visitor. A local specialty is the bright yellow rapeseed flowers which always catch the eye of the visitor. There are also many streams crossed by scenic bridges amidst the variety of blossoms.
Not to be missed is the array of attractions in the water-based sections of the park with its lakes and small islands which are always a delight to see. It is even possible to rent a small boat and enjoy the beauty of the park from a totally different perspective. Additionally you can try out a bicycle tour, or experience the park’s fishing area.
A uniquely distinctive feature is the replica of a jazz band ensemble including a pianist and bassist formed entirely from vegetation, which is undoubtedly the work of many hours. Not to be missed is the Bird Reservations where lovers of avian life will find many kinds of colourful birds. Interestingly different kinds of scientific research are also conducted at the site.
The children will not be disappointed by the park facilities as there is a special Children’s Park. Here children will be able to relax and unwind in a natural and safe environment.
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