The People's Square Metro Station "music corner" put on its 500th show on Saturday as part of the Shanghai's Metro Arts Festival.
The free shows staged there every weekend have become very popular with the public. The area in the transit lobby near the No. 18 exit of the station was already crowded with people an hour before the latest show started.
A young boy who identified himself only as Jiapeng said he and his father came to the station ahead of time.
"Thirty free tickets were released online on Friday," said Jiapeng. "But we missed out, so we came early today to see if we could get one here."
The one-hour shows draw well-known artists. Young composer Gong Tianpeng played the piano portion of his new symphony on Saturday, and elocutionists Song Huaiqiang and Cai Jinping recited the poem "Chinese Dream."
Many of the audience were elderly residents. One old man kept the tempo of the music by tapping his hand during the piano recital. He said he has been attending music corner performances almost every weekend since 2014.
"I enjoy musical plays, Yueju Opera, recitations and dances," said the old man, who identified himself only as Gu. "I'm glad the music corner is such a success and will continue."
Shanghai Metro started the music corner in 2013, with shows every Saturday and Sunday, in cooperation with institutions such as the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
It has also become a showcase for foreign performing artists. In 2014, a Mexican troupe delighted audiences with Latin-style music.
"I still remember that one," Gu said of the performance. "I've never felt such vibes from music, and I reckon I never would have had the chance without this music corner."