In Min­hang, child­hood mir­a­cles come to life

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With a pop­u­la­tion of 2.5 mil­lion, Min­hang Dis­trict is one of the big­gest res­i­den­tial ar­eas of the city and the only dis­trict to cross the Huangpu River. Though it’s an in­dus­trial area, there’s plenty of en­ter­tain­ment on of­fer.

Pu­jiang Coun­try Park

If you are a be­liever in mir­a­cles and fairy tales, Pu­jiang Coun­try Park is a place for you. The in­spi­ra­tion comes from the tra­di­tional fairy sto­ries.

Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from tourist at­trac­tions around the world, Mir­a­cle Gar­den has built a flower cas­tle in the style of Span­ish ar­chi­tect An­toni Gaudi.

“The most im­pres­sive is the Cas­tle of Flower Fairies. It catches your eye as soon as you walk into the Mir­a­cle Gar­den,” said pho­tog­ra­pher Zhang Yi­nan. “With roses and other plants climb­ing the walls, it adds color to the cas­tle and makes it come to life.”

There are 12 restau­rants in the park and sev­eral recre­ation ar­eas.

Chang­shou Tem­ple, built in 1165, is now the cen­ter­piece of the for­est recre­ation area. Par­ents and chil­dren can take time out to en­joy some am­a­teur dra­mat­ics in the for­est per­form­ing arts cen­ter.

Pu­jiang Coun­try Park is hold­ing an au­tumn flower show un­til Novem­ber 18, with more than 2 mil­lion va­ri­eties to daz­zle vis­i­tors. Chrysan­the­mums are the big­gest at­trac­tion. Just like the spring flower show, the au­tumn dis­play spans seven gar­dens. Four gar­dens are de­signed on signs of the zo­diac, and one flower car­pet stretches across 1 hectare.

Mini Happy Farm is now open in the park. There chil­dren can grow veg­eta­bles like chard and pep­pers and ex­pe­ri­ence the joy of har­vest.

2578 Pux­ing High­way

Daily, 6am-6pm

Free

Qibao An­cient Street

Just 40 min­utes from down­town Shang­hai, Qibao has long been a pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tion.

The town be­came an im­por­tant com­mer­cial town dur­ing the Song Dy­nasty (960-1279) and reached its peak dur­ing the Ming Dy­nasty (1368-1644). It is a typ­i­cal water­town.

Qibao lit­er­ally means seven trea­sures in Chi­nese, which can still be seen to­day, in­clud­ing sa­cred trees, a golden chicken and a jade axe. It is said that orig­i­nally there were eight trea­sures, but one was stolen.

Qibao of­fers a tourist pass priced at 30 yuan (US$4.36), en­abling tourists to visit all the fa­mous scenic spots in­side the street, in­clud­ing the bell tower and shadow play mu­seum.

Rice cakes, roast lamb and pork are lo­cal spe­cial­ties and can be bought on the south street.

Qing­nian Pedes­trian Street

Free

9am-6pm

Jin­jiang Amuse­ment Park

For chil­dren, Jin­jiang Amuse­ment Park is an ex­cel­lent op­tion for out­ing.

The park is one of the old­est and can ac­com­mo­date 25,000 vis­i­tors each day.

Built in 1983, this is the spot of mem­o­ries for many Shang­hai lo­cals. The equip­ment in the park is up­graded ev­ery year. Among some 40 fa­cil­i­ties, the Fer­ris wheel is one high­light. At a height of 108 me­ters, it takes about 30 min­utes to com­plete a ro­ta­tion.

201 Hong­mei Rd

80 yuan for six rides or 50 yuan for 2 rides

8:45am-10pm

Xin­tiandi Corp’s 62,000-square-me­ter shop­ping com­plex has be­come a new land­mark in Min­hang. The hit TV se­ries “Ode to Joy” was filmed there last year.

The Hub pro­vides busi­ness, leisure and en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­i­ties in the Hongqiao cen­tral busi­ness area and is the only com­mer­cial cen­ter of­fer­ing air­port check-in and shut­tle bus ser­vices.

“The con­struc­tion of the core area has fin­ished,” said Chen Weili, deputy di­rec­tor of the ad­min­is­tra­tion com­mit­tee of the Hongqiao hub area. “It has at­tracted more than 1,000 com­pa­nies and cre­ated 70,000 jobs.”

Aegean

The new star of the Wuzhong Road shop­ping dis­trict fea­tures an in­te­rior art space de­signed by Ja­pa­nese ar­chi­tect Tadao Ando, who won the Pritzker Prize in 1995.

The ex­te­rior fea­tures a mas­sive mu­si­cal foun­tain and an ur­ban park. There’s an or­ganic farm on the roof and a Frozen theme park for fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment.

“In-store sales have jumped even with the rise of on­line re­tail­ing,” said Yao Haibo, man­ager of the mall. “To at­tract more cus­tomers, we pro­vide novel ser­vices and en­ter­tain­ment. In an era when ev­ery­one is con­stantly check­ing their phones or tablet, we want to be a place where peo­ple put down their dig­i­tal de­vices and re­con­nect with friends and fam­ily.”

The mall pro­vides uni­sex pub­lic toi­lets and “hus­band rooms” where spouses can go for a rest when they grow tired of ac­com­pa­ny­ing wives and girl friends on shop­ping trips.

Aegean is try­ing to pro­vide ex­pe­ri­ences that will keep peo­ple in the mall for a whole day.

1588 Wuzhong Rd

10am-10pm

Pano City

This high-end mall en­joys an un­beat­able lo­ca­tion on Lian­hua Road. The mall’s 43,000 square me­ters in­clude a cin­ema, lan­guage schools, bak­eries, restau­rants, gyms and spas.

1388 Lian­hua Rd S.

10am-10pm

Wanda Plaza

Wanda’s sev­enth plaza in Shang­hai com­prises 120,000 square me­ters of shops, ho­tels, an IMAX cin­ema and Miche­lin-star restau­rants.

1570 Zhuan­qiao Rd E.

10am-10pm

The MixC

This shop­ping mall in­cludes parks, of­fice build­ings, an Olympic-size ice rink, a small mu­seum and a bou­tique ho­tel. 1759 Wuzhong Rd

10am-10pm

Fer­ris wheel in Jin­jiang Amuse­ment Park Gi­atisim zzrit in­cipis nul­laor­tie dunt al­isim nim il el ent lo­bor sectet, au­guer

Qibao An­cient Street

Cas­tle of Flower Fairies in­side Pu­jiang Coun­try Park

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