If you visit Shanghai, you’ll probably visit People’s Square and People’s Park. They’re a major tourist attraction and central to a lot of shopping, museums, food, and other stuff in Shanghai. Definitely check out the two dumpling shops on Huanghe Road (mentioned below) and be careful of people trying to scam you (see my warning at the bottom). If you’re there on a weekend, you can even check out the Shanghai marriage market!
Starbucks in China: just like Starbucks everywhere else in the world.
Near People’s Square is Jia Jia Tang Bao, a famous dumpling place that makes the BEST xiaolongbao.
Yep. The best.
Let’s just talk about the price for a sec. One order of xiaolongbao is 13 yuan. That’s $2.39 CAD! And they’re SO GOOD.
This is why I love Asia. Where else can I get amazing food for less than $3?
Directly across the street from Jia Jia Tang Bao is a Yang’s Dumplings! It’s great if you want to eat both xiaolongbao and shengjianbao. (Which you OBVIOUSLY do, so don’t order too much.) Head to Huanghe Road and prepare to stuff your face.
I’ve mentioned Yang’s before, but ughhhhhh these are so good. Giant, crispy, and filled with fatty soupy goodness.
Mike in People’s Park. People’s Park is a large park that’s just north of People’s Square.
There’s a little amusement park for kids.
Camellia flowers! (Called tsubaki in Japanese, and famous for their oil, which is in a lot of hair products.)
Unknown but also pretty flowers!
Mike is one with nature.
Lots of old Chinese men playing card games.
People’s Park and People’s Square are a great place to spend an afternoon in Shanghai. The park is beautiful and there’s lots of spots to sit and and just hang out. But a warning: People’s Square is apparently one of the places in Shanghai where you’re most likely to be approached for the tea house scam. (If you haven’t heard of this, google tea house scam.) No one approached us, but that might have been thanks to my ambiguously Asian appearance. I did get people handing me flyers and babbling in Mandarin on the street, while Mike was ignored, so yeah. I actually find that my ambiguous looks come in handy in Asia — people assume I’m whatever they are, and it really does stop people from harassing us they way they harass white tourists. But anyway, just stay alert — if anyone approaches you speaking English, ignore them. A random Chinese person who speaks perfect English is not going to start talking to you for fun, and there’s a 99% chance it’s a scam. And if anyone asks you to go to a tea house or their art show, leave immediately.