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“Good to get out of the city and join the locals”

Yueyuanyuan Sculpture Park
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73 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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“Good to get out of the city and join the locals”
Reviewed 14 April 2014

Very much a join the locals visit. Good to get out of the city and away from the traffic to. stretch the legs. A bit pricey for the entrance 120 RMB but the restaurant over looking the lake was superb. We had a table by the window overlooking the lake - prices were reasonable ablout 100 RMB for lunch each of dim sum. Fairly easy to get to:on Line 9 out of the city to Seshan. There is a free bus to the Sculpture park from the bus station but a taxi will get you there for 15 RMB..

Visited April 2014
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Shanghai, China
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“Nice Clear Weather + You Have Kids = Visit This Park!”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

After a few months living in Shanghai with our two young children - a 3 year old and a 6 month old - we were actually a little surprised that the city wasn't as "child-friendly" as we thought before relocating here. Online searches for "family friendly Shanghai" or "kids in Shanghai" we were met with less than desirable results - many of the best-sounding suggestions were out-dated with some venues being super-crowded, very dated, or even closed down completely. One lucky search brought us to Shanghai Sculpture Park and wow, we were not disappointed.

Its a good 30+ minutes drive south-west of Hong Qiao airport in SheShan area, so be prepared for a trek. We had no idea the distance and from our place, we ended up paying RMB 90+ including highway toll by taxi. The other reviews discussed the metro route which makes sense if you want to save a few bucks. The Park website also has details on this.

The Sculpture Park itself... without trying too hard to exaggerate this.... was a God-send. Clean, well-preserved, with friendly staff, it was a near-perfect day for us as a family with young kids. We visited at the end of March so spring was just around the corner... although we had our pants and hoodies on, other visitors looked very content in t-shirt and shorts.

Other reviewers already mentioned the attractions for kids so I will agree to their comments and add some other details:

1. The Park is divided into 4 "seasons" Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer with each season supposedly having its own unique style and features. We didn't really catch this until later but the main kids attractions are all pretty much located in the "summer" section.

2. Big walk-ways for joggers or walkers, after 10 years in China we had never seen so many people using segways in one place. Very cool and modern. We felt like we were in some sci-fi movie or campus for a huge tech firm. Everywhere was stroller-friendly.

3. Other reviewers mentioned this which I also would like to comment on - green grass. Although we had our picnic basket and mat, I was so jealous of those people who brought their fold-up tents and travel chairs. So many options of where to set up base. =)

4. Grounds were kept immaculately clean. I'm not sure whether this was because when we went, it was still considered the "start" of the tourist season and there were not too many visitors up to that point of the year but regardless, there was no litter in sight. The website says that the Park was built in 2005. Because of how well-kept it was, if it had said 2012, I would have believed it.

5. The art itself. We are by no means artsy people but the fact that there were sculptures placed every few meters on the walk around the lake just made it so interesting and unique. We seriously never felt bored. The only reason we took out our phones was to take photos... no internet surfing needed at a place like this. Great opportunity to discuss them with our 3-year old son.

6. Coffee shops / restaurants every couple hundred meters around the lake. We didn't get a chance to try the drinks/food but a quick glance at the menu of one lake-side coffee shop... RMB 28 for coffee, RMB 15 for Cokes. Reasonable.

7. Besides all the fun kids attractions mentioned in other reviews, there is also the option of boating on the lake, building sand castles, going on carnival rides (behind the "Net Castle"), playing on swings, and actually visiting the indoor Art Museum. We only had 4 hours before closing time so we couldn't go thru everything at once... all the more reason to plan another trip!

In summary, do your kids (and yourself) a favor and visit Shanghai Sculpture Park. On a nice day, its an absolute must for anyone who wants to get out of the city for a few hours. Bring a ball to kick, a kite to fly, a frisbee to toss. There were a few points during the day where our son just screamed in delight to himself going from one fun activity to another... as a parent, there really isn't a better sound to hear. =)

We've already mentioned this place to a couple of our friends with little ones and will be visiting again very soon. Next time for a weekend staycation at one of the nearby hotels (one of which looks VERY family-friendly at a quick survey - more on that later).

To the Yueyuanyuan Park people = GREAT JOB and keep up the outstanding management.

Oh and PS. there is a huge water park right across the road with water slides so high, you can see it from a few hundred meters away. Summer - here we come!

Visited March 2014
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“Great place for kids!”
Reviewed 3 October 2013 via mobile

Highly recommended if you are looking for a nice quiet day out with the kids or dogs!

Took about 30 mins to drive from Hongqiao airport to Sheshan sculpture park. The park is located near Sheshan Basilica (Catholic church up on a hill - nice place too). The park charges 100+rmb for entrance fees but it was well worth it! Keeps the crowds out. And the park is beautiful. Our kids enjoyed it very much. There are several play areas for kids like the bouncy hills, a tree house to climb, water play area, rope climbing structure that resembles the Great Wall of China, and a man made beach with nice clean sand. We spent about 5 hours there. Brought some food and picnic mat. There is a chinese restaurant within the park too.

Visited October 2013
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Denmark
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94 reviews
55 attraction reviews
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“Shanghai Sculpture Park - Excellent with Kids”
Reviewed 17 June 2013

A great stroll at She Shan area, located 40 min. outside Shanghai city center, which is fairly easy accesible with metro (station She Shan).

Kids really enjoyed themselves and there are some great combined art-and-play attractions, like a huge area with "nets" to climb on, a tree-house, the Fuma-Fuma Dome which is like a bouncing castle - but much more fun for adults as well, a real beach with sculptures of people having fun (!!!) and more.

The area is beautiful, it is a cultural art experience, and it is fun for all ages. Only drawback is that is is a bit expensive to get in. But - if you eat lunch at Le Meridien there are free entrance tickets to be had from hotel Consierge. Following a day at She Shan National Park Area (also featuring a small hill with a cathedral and astronomy center/museum, a Forest Park, the commercial Happy Vally amusement park etc.) it is posisble to stay over at one of the two luxury resorts in the area both having artificial beach.

Having not-too-high expectations as this attraction is not mentioned in many guidebooks, we were really pleasantly surprised.

Visited June 2013
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Shanghai, China
Level 5 Contributor
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“Overlooked because of too many shopping malls???”
Reviewed 16 May 2013

Take the subway to Sheshan, then a 7-minute taxi ride (there's a taxi rank at the subway station) and you are at Yueyuanyuan Sclupture Park (often also referred to as Sheshan Sculpture Park).

This park is different (in a good way!) from many others I have seen in China:

- the 120 CNY entrance fee (per adult) keeps the riff-raff out and makes the park an uncrowded, quiet and well-preserved destination for a Sunday morning stroll (or a day's outing, if you bring enough food and drink - bringing an entire picnic along is fine as far as I could tell). The ticket actually includes a soft drink at any of the restaurants, which wasn't very obvious to us but a nice surprise

- the grounds are overly manicured and in some locations a touch sterile; but on the other hand - and as opposed to other places - you can walk on the grass, bring your dog and let it off the leash, play frisbee or badminton - we were surprised this was okay with the park, since many places in China just will not allow this

- there is an artificial beach quite close to what can best be described as the general entertainment and food area. I suggest you stay away from that, this is the only place where people gather and it gets a bit noisy. There are many more beautiful spots that you can occupy and feel as if you are more or less alone ("alone" by Chinese definition!)

- many people do not seem to notice, and the park map also does not seem to make it easy to navigate: the park connects to the equally beautiful grounds of the "Le Meridien" hotel. This is a big building on your left after you pass the "beach" area if you are going through the park clock-wise. After a bit of searching we had no problem going through the gate to the hotel for a nice lunch

- if you come by public transport, the hotel is also a good place to depart from, since the concierge there will organize a taxi for you ;-)

If you believe that Shanghai is all about Bund, shopping, bars, Tianzefang and dumplings, the go out here and be surprised!

Visited May 2013
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