Book China Travel

Guangqi Park (Tomb of Paul Guangqi)

Shanghai, China

With many a shopping malls and commercial avenues in this very busy part of Shanghai, the Guangqi park is an oasis of peace for the residents who live around the area. The park has a long history and is one of the many green spaces, carefully cultivated and preserved within the city.

Located on the intersection of Nandan and Wending road in Xuhui district, Guangqi park has easy access from Xujiahui subway stop when travelers exit from gate 1 of the station. Metro line 1, line 9 and line 11 all have stops at Xujiahui. As there are many universities and a whole shopping district in Xujiahui, it is a very populous area and many public buses will have stops here too. The park opens early in the morning and closes by sundown. There is no entrance fee and the park is less a touristy area and more a hangout for locals. The St. Ignatius Cathedral (or Xujiahui Cathedral) is a few minutes away from the park. As are about 4 museums; within a 10-minute walking radius so the park can be a convenient break point when sightseeing!

Formerly known as the Nandan park, in 1983 the park was renamed Xu Guangqi to honor the memory of the Ming era scholar on his 350th death anniversary. Accordingly, there is a memorial hall which is a concise but pretty imperial style construction. With a small compound upon entrance, visitor is greeted by the bust of Xu Guangqi mounted on his resting place and behind that, within a small corridor there are various texts and pictures commemorating the achievements and philosophy of this scholar. His family is also buried within the compound. He was not only a reputed scholar, astronomer and mathematician but a bureaucrat who believed in excelling by not competing with the West, but rather sharing the learning between the West and the East. Guangqi was also a devout Christian and a bridge between two civilizations so a cross has been erected to pay homage to this aspect of his character as well.

Upon entering, the visitors are greeted by stelas forming an archway and further inside there are statues of Guangqi at work and others to make the park interesting. Other elements of oriental landscaping are at once visible like the artificial lake and bridges, hedges and shrubs with rock arrangements on the side and tall bamboo and various trees providing lush greenery and a sense of calm overtakes the guests.

Coming in the morning will have tourists witnessing the locals practicing tai chi or other calming exercises. In the evening there are mahjong players or people walking their pets, while children fly kites or ride bicycles. An excellent spot where the regulars assemble for their socializing and gossip while the younger generation can expend their energy playing and stretching. And even though the park is free, it is well-maintained with proper signage and directions. Each season brings a charming scene with the flowers and colors of that weather.

Other Attractions In Shanghai
Commemoration Exhibition of Expo 2010 Shanghai

The 2010 World Expo had reportedly cost $40 bil...

Dagu Lu

Dagu Lu is a renowned street situated around Pe...

Daning Lingshi Park

Situated on Guangzhong road, Daning Lingshi Par...

Dino Beach

Dino beach is one of Shanghai’s summer destinat...

Disc Kart Indoor Karting

This is a great place for people who want some ...

Dongtai Lu Antiques Market

Dongtai Road Antique Market is located in Luwan...

Duolun Museum of Modern Art

Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Duolun MOMA, is th...

Fengjing Ancient Town

Considered an artist’s delight, the Fengjing An...

French Concession

During 1849 an area of almost 160 acres was con...

Fuxing Island

As Shanghai is a coastal city, there are bound ...

Fuxing Park (Fuxing Gongyuan)

Fuxing park has been grassy retreat since the M...

Gongqing Forest Park

Gongqing Forest Park is considered the second l...

Grand Gateway Shopping Mall

The Grand Gateway Shopping Mall is a trading ve...

Guangqi Park (Tomb of Paul Guangqi)

With many a shopping malls and commercial avenu...

Hengshan Community Church

It is situated along Hengshan road, on the sout...

Hengshan Moller Villa

It takes one 10 minutes to walk to this place f...

Hongkou Soccer Stadium

This is the first soccer stadium ever built in ...

Hongqiao New World Pearl Market

A little under tourists’ radar for the time bei...

Huaihai Lu (Huaihai Road)

Huaihai Lu (Huaihai Road) is a busy street in S...

Hu Xi Mosque

Shanghai Huxi Mosque construction was completed...

Jade Buddha Temple

Went to Shanghai and never paid a visit to the ...

Jing'an Temple

Like an oasis in a desert, the Jing’an (meaning...

Jin Mao Tower

Dominating the skyline in Pudong New District, ...

Jinshan Beach

Jinshan Beach is a charming beach on Xincheng R...

Jinxian Lu

Jinxian Lu is a captivating street in Shanghai ...

Longhua Cemetery of Revolutionary Martyrs

Longhua Cemetery of Revolutionary Martyrs is si...

Longhua Temple

No visit to Shanghai is complete without a peek...

Lupu Bridge

Hailed as an outstanding structure by IABSE whe...

Lu Xun Park (Hongkou Park)

With a foundation laid in 1896 for a shooting r...

Madame Tussauds Shanghai

Madame Tussauds Shanghai can be found on the te...

Maglev train

The Shanghai Maglev Train was built in 2002, re...

Mao Pagoda Lighthouse

Built in the 9th century, the Mao Pagoda Lighth...

Memorial Hall of Artist Zhang Chongren (Qibao)

The Memorial Hall of Zhang Chongren was built a...

Modern Electronic City

This is the most amazing attraction ever and th...

Moganshan Lu (M50 Galleries)

What was once an industrial district has now be...

Moon Boat (Saudi Arabia Expo Pavilion)

The Shanghai Expo 2020 was a grand event on an ...

Nanjing Lu Fake Market - Fenshine Fashion & Accesories Plaza

Nanjing Lu Fake Market is a great place for fak...

Nanjing Road

When a place manages to score 1st position in w...

Nihong Kids' Clothing Market

If you are searching in Shanghai for retail out...

Oriental Arts Center

It is abbreviated as SHOAC and it is located at...

Oriental Pearl TV Tower

This tall tower’s entire structure is neatly ma...

Peace Cinema

The Peace Cinema began its operations in 2004 a...

Pearl & Jewelry Market - First Asia Jewelry Plaza (3rd Floor)

It will not be an exaggeration if you say that ...

People's Square

People's Square in Shanghai is situated at the ...

Power Station of Art

Established in 2012, the Power Station of Art i...

Qibao Catholic Church

Tourists going to Minhang district, are usually...

Qibao Old Street (Qibao Ancient Town)

It is one thing to learn about history through ...

Qipu Lu Fashion & Accessories Market

Qipu Lu Fashion & Accessories Market was the bi...

Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena

Designed by a Japanese architecture firm which ...

Rico Rico Beach

Being a popular place for beach parties in the ...

Rockbund Art Museum

The Rockbund Art Museum is a museum of contempo...

Russian Orthodox Mission Cathedral

Built in 1934, the Russian Orthodox Mission Cat...

Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum

Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum, popularly know...

Shanghai Botanical Gardens

Shanghai Botanical Garden boasts of great colle...

Shanghai Chenghuang Miao (City God Temple)

The Shanghai Chenghuang Miao, also known as Cit...

Shanghai Circus World

The area that is covered by Shanghai circus wor...

Shanghai Culture Square

Although not the largest theater in the city (t...

Shanghai Disneyland

The second but largest one in China and the six...

Shanghai Exhibition Center

The Shanghai Exhibition Centre was built in 195...

Shanghai Food Street: Fangbang Lu

This is the most amazing attraction ever and th...

Shanghai Food Street: Huanghe Lu

This is the most amazing attraction ever and th...

Shanghai Food Street: Shouning Lu

This is the most amazing attraction ever and th...

Shanghai Food Street: Taizhou Lu

This is the most amazing attraction ever and th...

Shanghai Food Street: Wujiang Lu

Wujiang Lu is the most prominent food street in...

Shanghai Food Street: Yunnan Nan Lu

At the intersection of Yan'an Road and Xizang R...

Shanghai Food Street: Zaoyang Lu

This is the most amazing attraction ever and th...

Shanghai Friday Muslim Market

The market occurs every Friday at the junction ...

Shanghai Glasses Market

Shanghai is a shopaholics paradise and it shoul...

Shanghai Grand Theatre

Looking like a glass palace, the Shanghai Grand...

Shanghai International Circuit Formula 1 Race Track

Opening its doors to speed junkies and motorhea...

Shanghai International Convention Center

Shanghai International Convention Center forms ...

Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, located on...

Shanghai Library

Shanghai Library is situated at Huaihai Zhong L...

Shanghai MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art)

Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is s...

Shanghai Modern Military Sports Club

Shanghai Modern Military Sports Club is situate...

Shanghai Museum

Museums are always filled with interesting fact...

Shanghai Ocean Aquarium

Tucked away behind the super tall and super fam...

Shanghai Old City

The Shanghai Old City was the seat of power of ...

Shanghai Postal Museum

The Shanghai Postal Museum is perched on the no...

Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center

The Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center (PPAC...

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum

If you want to exploit the secret of science, S...

Shanghai Tower

Peer down the clouds if you dare! Featuring the...

Shanghai Urban Planning Museum

Those new to Shanghai, feel like the city will ...

Shanghai Wild Animal Park

There are many natural reserves spread over Sha...

Shanghai Wild Insect Kingdom

The Shanghai Wild Insect Kingdom is located on ...

Shanghai World Financial Center

When built in 2008, the Shanghai World Finance ...

Shaoxing Lu

Shaoxing Lu is a marvelous street in Shanghai w...

Shengsi Island

The newly popularized Shengsi Island is actuall...

Sheshan Astronomical Observatory

Part of the Sheshan National Tourism Park in So...

Sheshan National Tourism Park

A distinguished AAAA rated site by the National...

Shikumen Open House Museum

Shikumen homes (meaning ‘Stone Gate House’) wer...

Shiliupu Fabric Market

Although less known than the "Fabric Market", S...

Shouning Lu Snack Food Street

This is the most amazing attraction ever and th...

Sinan Mansions

Reminiscent of the times when the French ruled ...

SMP Skate Park

SMP Skate Park is situated at 2100 Songhu Lu, n...

Song Fang Maison de Th‚

Established in the year 2007 by Florence Samson...

Songjiang Square Tower

Songjiang Square Tower is a Buddhist pagoda in ...

South Bund Fabric Market

This place is home to hundreds of tailors. In F...

St Ignatius (Xujiahui) Cathedral

This is a Catholic cathedral which is situated ...

Sun Island

With almost 60kms between downtown Shanghai and...

Suzhou Creek

It is also known as Soochow creek or Wusong Riv...

Thames Town

This town is new in Songjiang District, around ...

The Bund

The famous waterfront promenade in Shanghai, kn...

The Cool Docks

Located in the Huangpu district, towards the so...

Tianzifang

The tourist destination of Tianzifang is part o...

Tongchuan Lu Seafood Market

If you want to get the freshest seafood in Shan...

Waibaidu Bridge

It is an all-steel bridge which is the first on...

Xing Guan Photographic Equipment Market

For the local Chinese as well as tourists, the ...

Xintiandi

Xintiandi square is located in the heart of Sha...

Xuhui Riverside Public Open Space (Shanghai Corniche)

Transforming an area that had once bore the bru...

Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market

A big city like Shanghai has something for ever...

Yinqixing Indoor Ski Center

Yinqixing Indoor Ski Center is a leading touris...

Yu Garden

Of the many ancient gardens in China, Yuyuan (l...

Yuyintang Livehouse

The Yuyintang Live house can be easily found in...

Yuyuan Bazaar (Yuyuan Market)

Originally called the City God Temple, the Yuyu...

Zendai Museum of Modern Art

Situated at the Thumb Plaza in Pudong New Area ...

Zhenru Temple

The Zhenru Temple (meaning ‘reality as it is’) ...

Zhongshan Park (Shanghai)

Zhongshan Park is located in Changning district...

Zhou Enlai Residence

Zhou Enlai was China's premier between 1949 and...

Zhou's Miniature Carving House (Qibao)

Zhou's Miniature Carving House (Qibao) is locat...

Zhujiajiao

Located on the outskirts of Shanghai, Zhujiajia...

Home > Shanghai > Shanghai > Guangqi Park (Tomb of Paul Guangqi)