While visiting our son who is teaching in Shanghai he requested a weekend escape from the stresses of teaching and smog of the city. Moganshan was his location of choice. Our driver who was arranged by the Lodge arrived on time and ready to take us on a harrowing drive out of the city and up the mountain. We arrived late in the evening, were greeted at the gate of House 23 by two delightful young women who helped us drag our bags up the 100 plus stairs to our lovely rooms, a family suite built into the third floor and a single room below. Flashlights in hand to see through the dense fog we were lead down the road to the Lodge for a late dinner. The preset meal of soup, pork roast, roasted vegetables followed by warm chocolate pudding warmed our tummies. Walking up the Mt late at night, fog as thick as the chocolate pudding, we missed the steps to House 23 and ended up walking for over an hour before retreating back to "The Lodge". Once again we were welcomed warmly by the hostess, sat by the fire and found a ride back to the house by others staying nearby. The family suite was quiet and cozy with soft mattresses, nice linens, and warm comforters buffering us from the late night thunderstorm. There is nothing like the sound of rain to make for a good night sleep!
I wake early and like early morning coffee so waiting until 8:30 for a cup of java was a bummer, but once we were seated in the dining room the french pressed coffee was lovely! I would suggest that guests have access to the simple kitchen in the early morning to make their own coffee. Breakfast was simply and well prepared eggs, bacon, and toast. It would have been nice to have some seasonal vegetables or fruit to supplement, but I'm sure that access to fresh vegetables at this time of year in this neck of the woods are hard to come by. So all was forgiven with another lovely pot of coffee. A day of hiking, laughing, eating and more hiking followed buy another warm meal at the lodge we easily found our way back to house 23 for our second thunderstorm slumber....This is a magical place, hard to get to and well worth the trip. Just don't expect room service, a Starbucks on the corner....hopefully there never will be one.
- Also Known As:
- Moganshan House 23 China/Deqing County