Mogan Mountain
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jameshuang
Taipei, Taiwan2,007 contributions
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Sep 2017 • Couples
Mogan Mountain (莫干山, also known as Moganshan) is located in the northwest of Zhejiang. According to legend, during the Spring and Autumn (春秋時代, 770- 476 BC), Emperor Wu asked sword smith Gan Jiang and his wife Mo Ye to cast a pair of swords in three months. The location they forged the swords was in the mountain therefore the mountain was named Mogan Mountain. The location became a famous tourist attraction called Sword Pond (劍池). The first to build large European style stone villas, houses and churches were the missionaries in the 1880s. Later in 1910, the Americans and British built summerhouses in the mountain but left the site when the Communist party was rising in 1949. Today, it is a popular tourist destination especially in the summertime.

The 4,300 ha (10,626 acre) Mogan Mountain is a summer escape for those living nearby, especially for those from Shanghai. It is a place that most tourists (especially foreigners) will not visit because it is less well-known and not very convenient. My brother-in- law and my young sister drove us from Hangzhou to Mogan Mountain. He visited here before and drove via the narrow mountain road, which was an adventure in itself especially when we passed other cars. Not only the narrow road but also the parking was a big problem when we visited. Luckily, we visited in September not the summertime. We went to the Qing Liang Ting (清涼亭) and Xugguang Tai (旭光台) first. Don’t miss the Xugguang Tai; the view is fantastic and only a short distance from Qing Liang Ting. The next stop was the Wu Ling Village (武陵村) where we saw the Chiang Kai-Shek Residence (松月廬) where Chiang Kai-shek (蔣中正, President of Republic of China from 1950 to 1975) with his wife Soong Mei-ling went to for their honeymoon in 1928. We continued to the Lu Hua Dang Park (蘆花蕩公園) and went up to the top where we had lunch in the Bai Yun Coffee Shop (白雲咖啡館). The famous Baiyun Hotel (白雲飯店) is next door to the coffee shop.

There are other attractions on the Mogan Mountain, but we had to go to Wuxi in Jiangsu. You need at least one full day to visit most of the attractions and the trails. It is recommended to stay overnight on the mountain. There are many renovated and new villas for overnight stay. The prices for high-end villas are quite expensive, but you can also find reasonable stay on the mountain.
Written November 11, 2017
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wandering_dive_geek
Shanghai Region, China718 contributions
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May 2017 • Solo
I went here alone, very easy to get to from Shanghai by train.

Stay at the top of the mountain for easy access to scenic spots, it is also cooler than at the bottom (although in summer, it was still very wam). Usually I book the hotel directly but this time I booked through CTrip because it it says on its APP whether the hotel is in the scenic area or not.

I hiked to the scenic spots and the views are absolutely beautiful!! You get really nice views of the mountains, forests, bamboos, waterfalls and old mountain villas! After seeing the other photos I realized autumn must be a better time to visit with all the trees changing colors and cooler temperature. But nevertheless, my hike is very rewarding with amazing views you won't get in the city. I am thinking of going back either in autumn or winter.

I brought bread with me and had some from MDonald's on my first day as I am not fond of local food. There is only one restaurant, The Lodge, on top of the mountain that serves Western food. Dinner was average (need to book in advance) and pricey but the cheese sandwich I had for lunch was good.

At the mountain top there is a tourism center just across the Lodge with a very helpful lady. You can buy maps from them for RMB 5.

Entrance ticket to the scenic spot which you would have to buy before entering the park and checking in is now priced at RMB 100. Keep it as they inspect it in most scenic spots.

I recommend staying on top of the mountain. From Deqing town you still need a car ride to get to the scenic spots... and the sound of insects in the forest is refreshing, better than honking cars in Shanghai!!!

Written July 12, 2017
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Linzhong
Singapore, Singapore88 contributions
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Apr 2017 • Solo
Moganshan is a hill station with temperate climate and green bamboo clad hills offering fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding green hills. It is an escape from the hustle and bustle of the overcrowded Chinese cities. Nothing else to do here except enjoy the solitude and take part in healthy hiking activities. Premier attraction is the hike to Sword Forging Pond (Jian Chi) – named after Mo Xie & Gan Jiang (married sword smiths who made & polished 2 beautiful swords for emperor, by this pool fed by three waterfalls. Good walkways, wooden pagodas and viewing points. It’s a 30 minute hike down from Yinshan Jie (Street). Difficult hike back but still manageable. There are many routes to get there. Start from Yinshan Jie right in front of ZTG Mingting Hotel (no signage indicating start of hike to Sword Pond). Go down the outdoor spiral staircase and follow the stone path as it meander through bamboos and a stream. Pass by Maple Villa, a grand mansion under restoration. Next is the Seven Bells Pond (can rest there). Path descends steeper to the statue of Husband & Wife (Mo Xie & Gan Jiang) by a pond and waterfall. Rest at the convenience store which sells drinks and snacks. Follow the steep steps down to a series of waterfall and ponds, the last of which is the Sword Pond (with timber deck and bivouc pavilion lookout. There are strategically located pavilions at various vantage points that offer fantastic photo opportunities of the Sword pond. The path continues down but I did not explore due to insufficient time.
Best time: early mornings when it is deserted before loud smoky Chinese tour groups invade. It is a serene and quiet meditative place, worth the hike.
Written May 15, 2017
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Roeyni
Tel Aviv6 contributions
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Apr 2016
Moganshan (莫干山) is located about 4 hours south west of Shanghai by bus, or you can take a one hour high speed train to Hangzhou (杭州) and take a taxi or bus or from there. You can also take a direct train from Shanghai to Deqing (德清) - closest town to Moganshan and take a taxi from there. There is also a daily train directly from Shanghai to Deqing. Note that there is a small town just out side of the "scenic area" of Moganshan, I recommend to stay INSIDE the scenic area rather than the village below (I didn't actually visit this small town just passed through it on the way to the hotel up the mountain - it might be worth a visit).
The mountain itself is a green bamboo forest with many small paths and old houses scattered around. The main attractions are a few "famous" houses like Chairman Mao's house (I think it is number 123 or 140) and Chin Kai Chek's house (which I didn't visit), and of course there is the lovely path going down from the village to the sward casting pond and back up again. Another "must see" is the path going around the mountain peak (about 50 minutes walk) which features lovely scenery of the valley below and the bamboo forest, as well as some tea plantation ( a very very small one).
It is not one of those places which will take your breath away but it might steal your soul :)
Pay a visit THE LODGE, if you didn't book a room there (I didn't) at least treat yourself to their excellent food and lovely hospitality. They are experts on Moganshan History and they helped us with a map and many tips and a huge smile!
Written April 3, 2016
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Lily C
Shanghai, China262 contributions
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Oct 2019
My husband and I decided on doing a quick weekend trip to get away from Shanghai's big city's hustle and bustle. We picked Mo Gan San because it was a quick 2 hours ride by the bullet train and we wanted to do some hiking. We had no high expectations and just wanted to see some trees instead of high rises.

Transportation: It was fairly easy to get to mountain. We took the bullet train from the Hongquoia Train Station to Deqing station (95rmb each). Then called a Didi that took us to our hotel that was located up in the mountain (66rmb). The only tricky bit is that traffic is regulated from 8am-5pm. During that time, all vehicles can only go up one way and go out the other side of the mountain. Only the tour buses are allowed up, and not personal vehicles, pass the park gate. It was also hard to get a Didi to pick us up from the hotel and we had to have the hotel personnel to help us arrange a ride down the mountain. I speak Chinese so it was all good but I'm not sure how a person will fare if they didn't. Another option is to take the mini buses (15rmb/person) that zooms around the park taking tourist from one scenic spot to another, apparently, those buses will take you to the bottom of the mountain where it is easier to get a Didi to take you to the train station.
WARNING: Multiple Didis tried to con us for more money by saying that they need to add extra fee because it is out of their way to go up the mountain. Do not agree to that. We cancelled as soon as they said that and just called another one. We averaged three tries before getting a legit Didi who didn't try to con us for more money.

Hotel: There are lots of hotels to choose from up in the mountain with a wide range of prices. We choose a smaller villa that opens up to an unobstructed view of the mountain for aprx. $100usd. I booked it on Ctrip.

Hiking: There are several scenic spots within the park that are all included in the 80rmb ticket. All spots are easy to walk to and I really don't see the need to get on the crazy mini buses that takes people from one spot to another. The scenic spots are nothing spectacular so don't have too high of an expectation. Even on a regular, low season, weekend, it was still filled with Chinese tour groups. Yes, they are loud. Yes, they do not have the same hiking etiquette as Americans or Europeans, blah blah blah. But, if that's what you want, then go to that country. Otherwise, learn ways to either appreciate it or ways to avoid it. Most local tourist are pretty predictable with their timing. So, get ahead of the crowd by getting started before breakfast, during lunch time when they are eating or after 5pm when they've all decided it is too late to do anymore hiking.

Overall, it was a nice weekend getaway. We got some nice fresh mountain air, delicious local chicken soup and we got to appreciate another part of China.
Written October 27, 2019
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pitalice
Lyon, France132 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Family
We love to come here regularly on weekends to leave the busy city life and concrete desert, we live in.

There are some misconceptions about this place that I want to clarify here:

1. If you come for hiking there is absolutely no need to pay for a ticket. The ticket is only required if you enter by street through the main entrance. So if you decide to come by car or bus, a ticket will be mandatory, but do not hike to the mountain on the street. Even if you just hike, you need to pay for a ticket there.

2. There are a lot of unofficial walking paths that lead to the top. This makes for a great adventure. We usually drive along the north side of the mountain and just stop at any random path we see. These paths are great as they lead through the bamboo forests and you will almost not meet any other hikers on the way. Prepare for fresh air, wildlife and the wonderful quietness of a forest. We already had two times where we did not meet anybody on our hike, so it is absolutely possible to have a hike on the mountain with avoiding the masses and annoying cars that are described in the below comments.

The "attractions" on the mountain are not that special, we saw them all one time and would not go back anymore. Simply spoken, avoid everything that has masses of people or cars. For lunch/dinner there are also some guesthouses on the mountain that are more remote and don't have a lot of people. We chose one as our favorite resting place, but unfortunately I don't know the name, just the way how to get there.
Written August 1, 2019
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David
Florida3,487 contributions
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Oct 2017 • Family
As we have done much walking in China, this time we took a bus up to top area and walked down. Great views of mountains, pagodas, waterfalls. Walked through random villages with wildlife and domestic creatures running around. Walked on thin suspension bridges. A look back at China as it was in the past
Written November 14, 2017
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JOECOOL10
Shanghai, China159 contributions
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Mar 2013 • Couples
went with wife and two dogs to mogan mountain (March 23-25, 2013). in chinese they call it "moganshan" (莫干山). We rented a car and drove from shanghai. Nice 2.5 drive here.

Pro
-awesome place to hike - bamboo forests, waterfall, scenic
- its a weekend retreat - most places are good quality
- old houses, tea plantations
- lots of choices where to stay. we stayed at Ta Ling Vila. Very nice and modern

Con
- not easy to find
- need to have good GPS
- no sign of grocery store - should get it before enter the park in the town
Written March 26, 2013
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justahappyvalleygirl
Utah71 contributions
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Jun 2011 • Friends
We did this as a day trip from Hangzhou because it was our third time to China and we wanted to do something different, something away from the tourist crowds. And it was really fun—beautiful hiking trails and old houses—but I feel like it's best suited for being visited by Chinese people who want a weekend away and who own a car. For a tourist using minimal Chinese and whatever transportation they can flag down, it's hard to get to, hard to get around, and hard to get back.

And it may be a bit less appealing to the average Western tourist because the fact is that it could have been anywhere—it's all pine trees and Western-style houses built by expatriates of old—and if you're flying all the way to China you want to see things that are unique to China. There's some bamboo and some interesting buildings, but for the most part you could have told me I was home in Utah and I would have believed you. If it had been my first trip to China, I think I may have been disappointed; I think I'd only recommend it to people like us who have already seen the major sites and want something off the beaten path.

That said, it's a beautiful area, and it was quite refreshing to breathe clean air and see blue sky and hear nothing but the wind in the trees. I loved the hike down to the Sword Pond (but it's killer on the way back up, so give yourself time!); the trailhead's easy to find and it was one of the few places that did not just look like we were back home. We also did the Dakeng scenic area hike and it was also nice (although it's on the other end of the village, so we had to hike quite a ways just to get to the hike, plus we had to stop several times to ask directions with my meager Chinese skills). Also, it would be unfair of me not to mention that the Dakeng trailhead had one of the cleanest outdoors bathrooms I've ever seen (by which I mean the bathroom building was in the woods, not that you have to go in the bushes).

If you go, the best place to find directions is via a website that TripAdvisor refuses to let me link to because apparently they think it's commercial; just google "how to get to moganshan" and it should be the first result. And then when you get there, go to the restaurant mentioned on that page, buy a delicious brownie, and ask the English-speaking proprietress for directions; it would be tough to get around without them, and she called us a taxi when we were ready to go. And be careful getting up there; we had a lot of trouble. As had been recommended to us, we went with one of the guys with minivans standing around the bus station, and we thought we'd settled that the price would be 60 RMB for the both of us together, but when we got to the top, he informed us it was 60 RMB per person, which we knew was way too much. We fought with him for a while and eventually payed him 90, but it the whole affair was a bit of a mess. Not to mention he hadn't even taken us to the main area, where the hotels and restaurants are, so we ended up walking for quite a distance with nothing but a prayer that we were going the right direction. So make sure you and your driver agree on where you're going and how much it will cost. Also be aware that there's an 80 RMB fee per person just to go up the mountain.
Written October 18, 2011
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theFoodCritickz
Singapore, Singapore195 contributions
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Oct 2019
Spend a night at Deqing will be advisable so that you have more time to room around Mogan mountain (Moganshan). Travelled in October is cooling, weather in the noon is 21-24c, but at night is cold 11-17c.
Sunrise around 5am++/6am++ and sunset 5-6pm++

You may bring along some food and water along for walking / trekking. There are many hut (wooden or natural stone chairs and tables to relax). Toilets there are pretty clean and unique.

There are few villas and hotels (eg: Zheqin Moganshan Villa, Baiyun Hotel, Youlan Hotel, Qingjinag Villa, Queen's Hotel), historical spots (eg: Villa of Chiak Kai-Shek, Chairman Mao Zedong office, The temporary lodging of Chairman Mao Zedong), stand alone park / garden / scenic spot (eg: Luhuadang Park, Bamboo Sea, Da Hang Scenic area), there is also an eating street (Yin Shan Street) - selling simple noodles, meat dumpling (suijiao), cooked dishes with rice...etc
Written November 7, 2019
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