The location off a busy road is hardly idyllic, but the spacious Botanical Gardens offer an escape from Shànghǎi’s synthetic cityscape. The Tropicarium gives you the chance to get close to tropical flora, and once inside you can take the lift to the 5th floor for a birds-eye view.
Many of the flower beds and gardens here are in need of some TLC, but there are some pleasant routes to walk. The northern side of the gardens has a dusty memorial temple, originally built in 1728. It’s dedicated to Huang Daopo, said to have kick-started Shànghǎi’s cotton industry by bringing the knowledge of spinning and weaving to the region from Hǎinán.