People’s Square is a large public square in Huangpu District. 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 what is now People’s Square was a course for horse racing. 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, the Shanghai Museum, the Shanghai Grand Theatre and the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall were moved to People square.
Other parts of the race course still remain. The clubhouse buildings became the Shanghai Art Museum, while part of the race track became People’s Park, a public park to the north of People’s Square.
If you go to People’s Park during the weekend you will see the marriage market. The primary goal of attending the Shanghai marriage market is for parents to find a suitable partner for their child. The standards of finding the right match may be based upon (but not limited to) age, height, job, income, education, family values, Chinese zodiac sign and personality. All of this information is written on a piece of paper, which is then hung on umbrellas or a “clothes” line. Many parents do not have permission from their child to go to this event. They usually walk around chatting with other parents to see if there is a harmonious fit only after their children’s standards are met.
Where is People’s Square? Rénmín guǎngchǎng zài nǎli? 人民广场在哪里？
Which subway line do I need to take? Wǒ xūyào zuó jǐhàoxiàn?
Marriage Market: Hūnliàn shìchǎng 婚恋市场
Umbrella: Yǔsǎn 雨伞
My son is not yet married: Wǒ érzi hái méiyǒu jiéhūn 我儿子还没有结婚
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