Lies in the north of the center of Shanghai City, Zhabei District covers 29.2 square kilometers with a recorded permanent population of 810,211 (2003) of eight neighborhoods and a town. It plays an important role in the history of Shanghai. The ¡°old floodgate¡± was built in 1875 (the 14th year under reign of Kang Xi of the Qing Dynasty) on Wusong River and the ¡°new floodgate¡± was erected in 1735 (the 13th year under reign of Yong Zheng of the Qing Dynasty) on Jingjiawan near the site where the Xinzha Road Bridge lies. Two fairs flourished around the old floodgate and the new floodgate in the period of Jia Qing of the Qing Dynasty and the one near the new floodgate was prosperous with stores and shops. The north of the area thrived after Shanghai was opened as a port to foreign countries and since then ¡°Zha (floodgate) bei (the north)¡± has been used to name the area. Zhabei has been playing a vital role in the connection between Shanghai and other areas. Shanghai Station was set up at the south end of Baoshan Road in 1898 after the reconstructed Songhu railway was open to traffic and the station of Huning Railway was built to the west of the station of Songhu railway in 1908. Shnahai New Railway Station was constructed in the district in 1987and the area around the station has become an ¡°ever bright city¡± of Zhabei District for its prosperousness.
Located on the north end of the Xizanglu Bridge over Suzhou Creek, Sihang Storehouse is the site where General Xie Jinyuan and other 400 Chinese soldiers fought for four days and nights in the war against Japanese soldiers on13th August 1937. There is a memorial standing beside the storehouse and Jinyuan Road in Zhabei District is named after General Xie.
Located at 1555 Gonghexin Road, Zhabei Park was built in June 1914. It was formerly known as Song Park or Jiaoren Park for it is the site where Song Jiaoren was buried after his death. Song Jiaoren was a democratic revolution pioneer and one of the founders of Hua Xing Hui, Tung Meng Hui (Chinese Revolutionary League) and the Kuomintang.
Shanghai Circus Circle
Situated on Gonghexin Road in Zhabei District, Shanghai Circus Circle stands near to Zhabei Stadium to the south and Guangzhong Park to the north. It is a cultural, sports and recreational center in the north of Shanghai City with a site area of 2.25 hectares. It consists of an acrobatic ground, a studio, recreation rooms, animal houses and a performers reception center.
At the crossing of Gonghexin Road and Baode Road is Sanquan Park which covers an area of 2.48 square meters consisting of Sanquan Greeting Wall, flowers-corridor-water Section, the Bamboos Garden and the Resting Place for the old.
Daning Lingshi Park
Located at 288 West Guangzhong Road, Daning Lingshi Park is the largest park in the west of Shanghai with an area of 680,000 square meters. It is a fascinating city garden with a swampland, forests, springs, lakes and waterfalls inside emphasizing on culture and humanity.