Check out Godly Vegetarian Restaurant, which was opened by a Buddhist monk at the start of the 20th century and imitates popular meat dishes with vegan ingredients really quite well
Before 1949 and the birth of the People’s Republic of China, the land where People’s Square now stands was a horse racing course. But when the new Communist government came to power it quickly banned gambling and horse racing and began enforcing party enthusiasm, so a new arena was a must.
With Nanjing Road just to the North, People’s Square is both literally and figuratively the very centre of Shanghai. Since its renovation, key buildings have sprouted up alongside it. The Municipal Government Mansion can be found there, for example, as can the monumental Shanghai Museum. To the northwest sits the Shanghai Grand Theatre, an audacious and stunning building made almost entirely from glass.
In the centre of the square there is a circular musical fountain, the red, yellow and blue lights of which give out a sort of stained glass aura below the sometimes heavy, grey sky of Shanghai. Come early in the morning and you can watch people practicing Tai Chi around it. Or if you come on a Saturday you can witness the weekly ‘marriage market,’ a rather unique event where parents make and flaunt large posters advertising their son or daughter’s qualities in the hope of finding a partner for them.
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