Springtime escapes: Explore scenic mountains in Shanghai

en.sheshantravel.gov.cn| Updated: March 19, 2024

When the recent Spring Festival Gala enchanted many audiences with the evocative song Ascending Spring Mountain, it sparked a longing for the arrival of spring.

But where exactly can you find such picturesque landscapes to welcome in the season? Let's explore four enchanting destinations in East China's Shanghai that offer the perfect springtime escape.

Sheshan Mountain

Located in the Sheshan National Forest Park in the city's Songjiang district, Sheshan Mountain stands out as the epitome of natural beauty in Shanghai. Covering 401 hectares, the park celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. With nine peaks and a dozen mountains, it boasts serene surroundings and stunning vistas. Visitors can revel in the blossoming flowers of March while hiking the scenic trails. Admission is free, making it an accessible retreat for all nature lovers.


A lush tree-lined pathway on Sheshan Mountain. [Photo/WeChat account: sheshanlvyou]

Small Kunshan Mountain

At the southern tip of the nine peaks, Small Kunshan Mountain holds  rich historical and literary significance. For instance, renowned literary figures like Lu Ji and Lu Yun from the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) left their mark there. The mountain now features cultural landmarks such as Jiufeng Temple and Lu Ji and Lu Yun's Reading Platform, also known as Lu Ji and Lu Yun's Humble Cottage. With lush greenery and a tranquil ambiance, it's the ideal spot for a leisurely spring stroll. Admission is 6 yuan ($0.83) per person, offering an affordable escape into nature's embrace.


The entrance of Small Kunshan Mountain. [Photo/WeChat account: sheshanlvyou]

Tianma Mountain

Nestling about 7 kilometers southwest of Sheshan Mountain, Tianma Mountain captivates with its lush vegetation and serene atmosphere. As one of the nine peaks, it offers breathtaking views and cultural treasures. Visitors can explore attractions like the Three Scholars' Tomb and the iconic Huzhu Pagoda, known as the world's first leaning tower. What's more, springtime brings with it the delightful activity of digging for bamboo shoots, adding a special twist to the mountain experience. Admission is 10 yuan per person, promising an enriching journey into nature's wonders.


The ancient Huzhu Pagoda, built in 1079, is a firm favorite with visitors. [Photo/WeChat account: sheshanlvyou]

Chenshan Mountain

Within the Chenshan Botanical Garden lies Chenshan Mountain, offering panoramic views of Songjiang and the charm of its nine peaks. Visitors can savor the beauty of blooming flowers – particularly enchanting cherry blossoms – and participate in all the seasonal activities. The mountain's summit features a bell, inviting visitors to ring it and offer their prayers. With an admission fee of 60 yuan per person, Chenshan Mountain promises a memorable springtime adventure.


Glorious cherry blossoms currently festoon Chenshan Mountain. [Photo/WeChat account: sheshanlvyou]