Shengsi Islands

Shengsi Islands, Shengsi County: Hours, Address, Shengsi Islands Reviews: 4/5

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Do not go during a national holiday and bring your own food
May 2019
Shengsi Island is easy enough to get to. You can buy the bus/ferry combo ticket from Long Distance Bus station by Nanpu Bridge Metro station exit 1. Tickets are released a day before and they only accept cash. There are 3 windows there you can buy tickets from. Window 1 only sells tickets for same day travel. Window 2 sells tickets for next day travel to Shengsi but not to Gouqi Island. Window 3 sells tickets for next day travel to both Shengsi and Gouqi. So are buying next day tickets to Shengsi, you can queue at either window 2 or 3. But if you are buying next day tickets for Gouqi, then you can only queue at window 3. The signage there is not clear at all and we only found out we were in the wrong queue after getting to the window. You also need your original ID/passport and each person can only buy a maximum of 3 tickets. Remember to bring extra cash as well as they can increase the prices on the spot if you are travelling during the holidays. When we went during the May holiday, we arrived at 4am to queue the day before and there were already about 30 people in the queue ahead of us and the tickets to Gouqi island had sold out almost instantly. If you are going directly to Gouqi, then instead of buying the tickets yourself, you can ask your guesthouse to book the tickets for you as they have ways of doing it. There should be a service fee of 50rmb per ticket but it is definitely worth it. Another issue would be weather. If the weather is bad, they will not sell tickets. Or if you get to the ferry terminal and the ferries are cancelled, then the bus will take you back to Nanpu Bridge and they should refund the full ticket price to you. Our journey to Shengsi island was smooth enough though. However we were not able to get tickets to Gouqi island as they were completely sold out for the next 3 days. Shengsi Island itself is quite nice. There is a bit more to do on the eastern side of the island. It is a really nice island to cycle around. However the roads are narrow and the taxis drive really fast so you need to be careful when cycling on the road. In terms of food, they only have seafood there. So you might want to bring some of your own food if you don't like chinese seafood. The food there is also not clean and might not be fresh. We travelled with a group of 4 and all of us got food poisoning. Getting back to Shanghai is quite easy. You can buy tickets online from the wechat application now. You can probably get your guesthouse to do this for you and all you have to do is to arrive a bit earlier at the ferry terminal to pick up your ticket. Remember to get the combo ferry/bus ticket as well which includes the bus ride back to nanpu bridge station. The biggest lesson from our trip is just not to travel during a national holiday. It is not worth the crowds and the hassle of getting tickets.

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Calvin J
Singapore, Singapore41 contributions
Do not go during a national holiday and bring your own food
May 2019 • Friends
Shengsi Island is easy enough to get to. You can buy the bus/ferry combo ticket from Long Distance Bus station by Nanpu Bridge Metro station exit 1. Tickets are released a day before and they only accept cash.

There are 3 windows there you can buy tickets from. Window 1 only sells tickets for same day travel. Window 2 sells tickets for next day travel to Shengsi but not to Gouqi Island. Window 3 sells tickets for next day travel to both Shengsi and Gouqi. So are buying next day tickets to Shengsi, you can queue at either window 2 or 3. But if you are buying next day tickets for Gouqi, then you can only queue at window 3. The signage there is not clear at all and we only found out we were in the wrong queue after getting to the window. You also need your original ID/passport and each person can only buy a maximum of 3 tickets. Remember to bring extra cash as well as they can increase the prices on the spot if you are travelling during the holidays.

When we went during the May holiday, we arrived at 4am to queue the day before and there were already about 30 people in the queue ahead of us and the tickets to Gouqi island had sold out almost instantly. If you are going directly to Gouqi, then instead of buying the tickets yourself, you can ask your guesthouse to book the tickets for you as they have ways of doing it. There should be a service fee of 50rmb per ticket but it is definitely worth it.

Another issue would be weather. If the weather is bad, they will not sell tickets. Or if you get to the ferry terminal and the ferries are cancelled, then the bus will take you back to Nanpu Bridge and they should refund the full ticket price to you. Our journey to Shengsi island was smooth enough though. However we were not able to get tickets to Gouqi island as they were completely sold out for the next 3 days.

Shengsi Island itself is quite nice. There is a bit more to do on the eastern side of the island. It is a really nice island to cycle around. However the roads are narrow and the taxis drive really fast so you need to be careful when cycling on the road.

In terms of food, they only have seafood there. So you might want to bring some of your own food if you don't like chinese seafood. The food there is also not clean and might not be fresh. We travelled with a group of 4 and all of us got food poisoning.

Getting back to Shanghai is quite easy. You can buy tickets online from the wechat application now. You can probably get your guesthouse to do this for you and all you have to do is to arrive a bit earlier at the ferry terminal to pick up your ticket. Remember to get the combo ferry/bus ticket as well which includes the bus ride back to nanpu bridge station.

The biggest lesson from our trip is just not to travel during a national holiday. It is not worth the crowds and the hassle of getting tickets.
Written May 12, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Daniel
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Getting to Gouqi/Houtouwan (abandoned village)
Sep 2018 • Solo
Important: You can only buy the ticket to get there the day before you leave! Not more in advance and not on the day you leave.

The image attached is a map of Nanpu Bridge Subway Station in Shanghai. Right exactly where this pin is there is a bus ticket office outside and they have tickets to Shengsi/嵊泗 (the main island of these islands) and Gouqi/枸杞, the island where the village is. The tickets include the bus to the port and then the boat, try and get the ticket that goes right to Gouqi (I believe they have one at 7am every day), or you will have to change in Shengsi (I went on a public holiday when there were no direct boats to Gouqi, so I had to stay a night in Shengsi and get the boat the next morning). The tickets are around 100 RMB single (you will have to buy the return ticket when you are there.

The island where the village is is actually Shenshan island, but it is connected to Gouqi by a bridge, so when you arrive at Gouqi just get a taxi to 无人村/后头湾村 (the names of the village), it will cost 100 RMB each way. If you want to go back the same day check the last boat back to Shanghai at the Gouqi port, it should be 1pm.
Written October 31, 2018
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alenalukina
Shanghai, China7 contributions
Quiet sanctuary for the city escape
Apr 2018 • Friends
From time to time I’m being questioned about this destination. That’s why decided to put a review with detailed information how to get from Shanghai to Shengsi island and from Shengsi to Shengshan here. Hope, it’ll be useful for those who want to travel to Shengsi and Shengshan (Houtouwan) islands not far from Shanghai.
So from Shanghai first you need to get to Shengsi island (嵊泗岛) from Nanpu Bridge station, exit 1 (there is a bus station and ticket office, working hours 6:30-16:30) you can take a bus and boat tickets altogether. DON’T FORGET your passport/ID for purchasing tickets, starting price is 81 RMB (bus and boat including). But need to try to get the earliest bus, cause it could be sold out very quickly. Buses start operating since 7:00 am. And you can buy the only one-way ticket there, coming back you can purchase at the station on Shengsi island. The whole way there is about 3,5 hours. In the middle of the bridge, you’re gonna change the bus to a boat (follow the crowd). Take some snacks and water, probably motion sickness pills just in case. On Shengsi island you’re gonna arrive at Lizhushan dock. To get anywhere you may take a bus to the island center or taxi. For the notice: July-August is a peak of a season and the area might be quite crowded. And if it’s not a season, most buses en route are not operating. The only way to get somewhere is a taxi (average price 40-50 RMB). And an extra tip: try to collect some taxi drivers visit cards in case if it’s gonna be hard to find one.
The abandoned village is located on another island, called Shengshan island or the second name Houtouwan. To get there from Shengsi island you have to get to another dock - Caiyuan dock. It's about 10 minutes by taxi from Lizhushan dock. Ticket's price begins from 68 RMB, the en route boat will have a lot of stops, 1,5 hours. But the last boat from Shengshan to Shengsi island was at 13:00. So it's better to take the earliest ferry from Shengsi to Shengshan unless you're planning to stay there for a night.
For example, we bought tickets for 7 am, and came back to Shengsi at 13:00. Note: all tickets there you can buy only on the day of a trip, impossible to buy online and in advance. And also better to buy return tickets as you arrived. Just in case, on Shengshan island there's another dock (it's on another part of the island across the bridge).
And I have no any suggestions about hotels on Shengshan island. But we met there Chinese students from Shanghai and they told us there're a lot of hotels to stay.
From the dock, it's better to take a cab to get to the abandoned village, about 40 RMB. Personal advice it's better to carry some snacks and drinks (on the way you might not have an opportunity to find something).
From Shengshan to Shengsi ferry's ticket was about 73 RMB and more depends on ferry's type (speedy and so on). To Shengsi you are gonna arrive at Caiyuan dock. To come back to Shanghai you need to get to Lizhusan dock.
For the note: the population on the island don't speak English at all, good for practicing Chinese)))
And for extra entertainment, I can suggest finding info about cliffs on Shengsi island (personally I didn't know about cliffs there so we haven't been there). These islands are popular for seafood. Some food a bit pricey but for sure it worth to try fresh and delicious local specialties!
Written April 18, 2018
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Racheladdy
Melbourne, Australia134 contributions
Nice little place but beware of fog
Apr 2018 • Friends
My friend and I planned to go to Gouqi island - when we arrived at the bus station we were told it was cancelled due to fog.. that’s when the alarm bells should have rang. We went to the counter and asked for another solution, they said try Shengsi, it’s all a part of the same islands, so we went after reading the reviews here and googling the island. When we arrived after a two hour bus and one hour ferry we were greeted by a lovely taxi lady, who kindly offered to drive us around looking for hotels. We suggested once place to which her response was “don’t waste your money I’ll take you some place nicer!” And she was right, she took us to a little homely Vila for half the price. We hired an ebike for 5 hours for 100¥ and drove all the way around the island. The temple at the top is worth a visit! It was lovely!

Our only problem was the following day. We arrived at the ferry terminal at 11:45 to get a ticket for the 1pm ferry to find all boats were suspended due to fog. We waited three hours and were lucky that finally one went, just a warning to anyone with a tight schedule as if we couldn’t have gotten back it would have been a problem with us. The people on that island are so lovely but please note I speak chinese: I don’t think it would have been easy if you didn’t.
Written April 4, 2018
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Marielle90
Amsterdam, The Netherlands22 contributions
Gouqi Island & the Abandoned Village of Houtouwan
Sep 2017 • Friends
I traveled to Gouqi Island (part of the Shengsi Islands) with a friend from Sep. 29 to Sep. 30. Even though we traveled right before Golden Week, we had no difficulty at all getting tickets to the island, which was lovely. We specifically traveled to Gouqi Island as we wanted to visit the abandoned village of Houtouwan, which was very much worth the visit.

Gouqi Island is a lovely place to go for a day or two, but it's probably best to travel there in the summer months when it's possible to go for a swim in the ocean (it was too cold to so while we where there). The island is fairly small and there's not much to do (but visit the abandoned village, stroll around, and eat delicious fresh seafood) but we thought it was lovely nevertheless. If you live in Shanghai and are looking for a peaceful place to spend the weekend, it's great. We thought it was a shame we couldn't find a place where we could rent bikes - it would've been nice to cycle around the island if that had been possible.

As most information that I found online (about traveling to Gouqi Island and the abandoned village) was either incorrect or incomplete, I hope the following information about how to get there will be useful for others:

- We bought tickets to Gouqi Island (枸杞岛) at the bus station at Nanpu Daqiao in Shanghai (it's right below the circular part of the bridge, on Waima Lu) the day before departure. We bought a one-way bus & boat combination ticket (车船联票) to the island (you have to buy the ticket back to Shanghai on the day of departure on the island). The ticket was 120RMB and the bus left at 07:00 (the ticket said 07:15 but the bus left early). The bus takes you to the Shenjiawan (沈家湾) Passenger Transport Terminal, where we arrived at 08:30. The ferry then left around 09:25. From there, it takes the ferry 2 hours to get to Shengsi Island and another 2 hours to get to Gouqi Island. Once we arrived on Gouqi Island, there were taxi drivers there waiting to take people to their accommodation. We didn't book anything in advance so just told our taxi driver we wanted to stay by the beach and he took us to a nice hotel in in Dawang village (大王村). The village is pretty small but there are some restaurants serving fresh seafood, as well as a lovely cafe with a terrace overlooking the ocean on the second floor (I don't remember the name but it's right opposite the beach).

- To get to Houtouwan (后头湾), we asked a local taxi driver to take us there. The village is on Shengshan Island (嵊山), which is connected to Gouqi Island by a bridge. There are two ways to see the village: one is by taking a taxi to a viewing platform (entrance 20RMB per person), where you can see the village from the top of the hill. The view is beautiful and there's a lovely small temple there as well. Unfortunately it's no longer possible to descend into the village from here. Locals told me the path down into the village was washed away by rain earlier this year and it's become too dangerous to descend from the viewing platform. To enter the village, it's therefore only possible to take a boat from the main village on Shengshan Island (100RMB per person).

- To get back to Shanghai, there is one ferry daily, which leaves at 13:30PM. We didn't get back to Shanghai until 18:30, as the bus got stuck in traffic.

Overall, I can really recommend traveling there if you don't mind traveling 5-6 hours from Shanghai to get there. It's beautiful and for me it was unlike any other place I'd been to in China. Also being able to find such a beautiful place that was pretty dead right before Golden Week was amazing.
Written October 2, 2017
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Usthcjyj
Shanghai, China4 contributions
Nice scenery but rude and dirty people
Aug 2017 • Family
The scenery is nice but when you come closer, it's so dirty. The people's behaviour ruined everything during our stay.
The biggest annoying problem were the people: drive like crazy people, don't respect the other people privacy, spitting and shouting. A pity.
Written September 4, 2017
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fredsave
Shanghai, China73 contributions
Beach getaway
May 2016 • Couples
If you live in Shanghai long enough & long for fresh air, nature & the beach I would recommend it. Beaches are long & clean & not crowded. If you rent bikes you can get to see the entire island in a day. For history lovers there are a bunch of pillboxes left from WWII around the beach, some connected to tunnel systems which are fun to explore.

Not a lot of detailed instructions online. This is the best I could do. Dapu bridge station line 4. Exit one head right look for an orange building and buy tickets upfront. Have Chinese for Shengsi Island on hand & show to anyone & they will point the way. We got Tickets for a 12:00am departure when we purchased them at 11:00am and this was on a holiday. You first have a 2 hour bus ride to shenjiawan port then an hour ferry to the island. Took a taxi Jihu beach and walked around till we found a hotel. 130rmb for the night. 20rmb to get on beach. If you are not into sea food beware that it is hard to find anything else.
Written May 4, 2016
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lpf22
Shanghai, China6 contributions
If we spoke Chinese, this review would be a 5!
Nov 2015 • Couples
Even in the off-season, this trip was worth the weekend. It was quick and easy to get there though public transportation. There are plenty of hotel options. We stayed in a very spacious room with private bathroom for 150RMB. There are beaches, delicious seafood and even some great hiking spots!
Written November 18, 2015
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Vito A
Toronto, Canada112 contributions
We had a great time! I hope you speak some Chinese
Jul 2015
Shengsi was a great place to visit. Weather was perfect, food was great as well. Be warned though, no one speaks English at all and the taxis don't have meters so negotiate your prices before hand. Most beaches cost money to enter. You'll probably want to stay in Donghai Yucun (East China Sea Fishing Village)! There's a beach close by which you can swim in and you can also rent a bicycle there as well! Have fun!
Written July 15, 2015
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Kevin S
Shanghai, China61 contributions
Shanghai's closest island with a beach
Jun 2014 • Friends
Shanghai's most accessible island with a beach has to be Shengsi Island. After a two hour bus ride from Nanpu Bridge to a SE port (from what may become the world's largest shipping port), you can take a fast ferry (1 hr) or slow ferry (2 hr.) If time is on your side, take the slow ferry - it is larger and you can stand on the 2nd or 3rd floor deck. If not, take the fast ferry, though trapped inside, the seats are nicer and it is air conditioned.

Arrive on the island and a quick bus ride takes you into town. There are two main beaches, both towards the center of the island, one on the north side and one on the south. The south is less crowded and in my opinion better. There is a fee of 20rmb. We stayed at a hostel five minute walk from the beach (150rmb). These places are a dime a dozen. Quite a nice looking resort takes up most of the beach and prices are around 600rmb a night. I waded out to a rocky island that once was for visitors. Japanese pill boxes throughout with a couple tunnels snaking through the center. Beware of lifeguards as they are sure to stop you from having any sort of fun.

Supposedly you can rent a fishing boat for a couple hours and try your hand. We didn't have time. At the 'fishing village' I forget the name - where many of the homes are painted in murals, you can hop on a boat and zip around. Cute little spots for eating and barbecue stands next to the water. The 'mountain' overlooks the fishing village and has a temple on top. And it is worth the climb as the climb is only twenty minutes. The temple is quite beautiful.

If you are looking for a couple days escape and don't want to fly anywhere, I recommend Shengsi.
Written June 17, 2014
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