The southwest corner of People's Square seen from the Urban Planning Museum
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People's Square is the site of Shanghai's municipal government headquarters building and the standard reference point for measurement of distance of almost all highways in the Shanghai municipality is set in the north of the square, near the fountain.
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,
- Grand Cinema
- K11, formerly known as the Hong Kong New World Tower
- Municipal government headquarters
- Nanjing Road
- Park Hotel Shanghai (tallest building in Asia, 1934–1952)
- People's Park
- Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World
- 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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