The southwest corner of People's Square seen from the Urban Planning Museum
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People's Square is a large public square in the Huangpu District of Shanghai, China. It is south of Nanjing Road (West) and north of Huaihai Road (East). People's Square is the site of Shanghai's municipal government headquarters building and is used as the standard reference point for measurement of distance in the Shanghai municipality.
Prior to 1949 and the establishment of the People's Republic of China, what is now People's Square was a course for horse racing owned by the Shanghai Race Club. After gambling and horse racing were banned by the new Communist government, a part of the race course became People's Square, which included a large avenue and spectator stands for use during parades.
In the 1990s, major changes were made to the square. The Shanghai Municipal Government was moved here from the former HSBC Building on the Bund, also the Shanghai Museum was moved here from its previous site in a former office building. More recent additions include the Shanghai Grand Theatre and the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall.
Well-known landmarks and tourist attractions in and around the square include:
- Hong Kong New World Tower
- Municipal government headquarters
- Nanjing Road
- Park Hotel Shanghai (tallest building in Asia, 1934–1952)
- People's Park
- Radisson Shanghai
- Raffles City Shanghai
- Shanghai Grand Theatre
- Shanghai Museum
- Shanghai Art Museum
- Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center
- Shimao International Plaza
- Tomorrow Square
The Shanghai Museum is in a prominent central position in the square, with large fountains immediately to the north.
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