March 1, 2015
Janice Morton

Changshou Park was opened in 2001.  Located in the Putuo district it is just north of the apartment.  The southern border of the park is on Changshou Road, a very busy street.  Located between Xikang Road and Shaanxi North Road, the park is just one block from the #7 subway line.   

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At 4 hectares it occupies almost the entire block with only the northern border of the block occupied by a high rise residential tower.  Being on the northern border this building does not cause any shadowing; however, it does claim a private entrance into the park.  Aside from this exclusive entry, other main entries of the park are all placed mid block.  The overall shape of the park is basically square.  It's dominated by a central circular element which is offset by 2 concentric rings of walking paths.  Within the center is an open area just aching for a performance of some type to begin. 

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Sandwiched between the 2 rings are a grassy area on the north side, and a sculpture garden on the south.  These feral park cats were enjoying the grassy area and would not let me pet them. 

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The sculpture garden is dominated by large scale pieces set among paths and water features.  The theme of the pieces is "Harmony".

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You can see in the background of the pictures how the park is flanked by residential towers on 3 sides, making it a desirable spot to live.  Beyond the outer ring, the park is separated into quadrants.  The northwest quadrant is named the Black Forest and dominated by a man made creek and walking paths. 

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The southwest quadrant is termed the Multicolored Wood.  This area is home to a small café where a section appears to act as a small stage for musical acts. 

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The northeast quadrant is termed the Water Forest and is dominated by zigzag walking paths and benches.  These are set along a stepped slop and allow for quiet contemplation. 

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The southeast quadrant is termed the Water Piano.  This tiled area was full of children of all ages running and rolling around on various toys.

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The park is well used by the neighborhood and acts as a gathering place for young and old alike.  As with most public places in Shanghai you can always find a group practicing tai chi (should you want to join in) and the park is well appointed with facilities.  The combination of the circular paths, the winding zigzags, and the elevation changes via ramps and stairs creates a sense of variety making the park seem very big.

Next stop, Lu Xun Park!

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