Explore glorious wonders of Shanghai's Sheshan Resort

en.sheshantravel.gov.cn| Updated: March 26, 2024

Located in Jiangnan – the southern region of the Yangtze River's lower reaches – the Sheshan National Tourist Resort in East China's Shanghai boasts rich historical and cultural heritage that dates back centuries.

Nestling amid the serene surroundings of East Sheshan, the resort offers visitors a marvelous opportunity to delve into the fascinating history of the area.


The lush greenery and tranquil atmosphere of East Sheshan provides the perfect backdrop for exploration. [Photo/WeChat account: sheshanlvyou]

Visitors can wander along grand mountain trails, surrounded by bamboo groves and verdant forests. One notable feature is called the Riding Dragon Weir – a winding stone path that resembles a dragon traversing the mountain ridge.

This spot holds special significance as the former retreat of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) scholar Chen Jiru, who spent his later years there immersed in scholarly pursuits.

Chen's connection with renowned traveler Xu Xiake adds another layer of intrigue to Sheshan's history. Introduced by scholar Wang Jihai, Xu Xiake visited Chen Jiru seeking assistance in composing a birthday tribute for his mother.

Impressed by Xu Xiake's love of travel and exploration, Chen Jiru bestowed upon him the name "Xiake", signifying one who roams in the clouds.

Xu Xiake's subsequent visits to Sheshan, totaling five in all, were made possible with Chen Jiru's encouragement and support.

Thanks to Chen's assistance, Xu completed his legendary journey through southwestern China, becoming known as the pioneer of landscape exploration in the country. His extensive travels culminated in the monumental work Travel Diaries of Xu Xiake, which remains a testament to his adventurous spirit and dedication to exploration.

Despite the passing of time, the bond between the two men, as well as their connection to Sheshan, continues to inspire and fascinate visitors.

Their story serves as a reminder of the enduring friendship and profound influence that this region has had on the course of history. For those seeking to immerse themselves in Jiangnan's rich cultural tapestry, the Sheshan National Tourist Resort offers an unforgettable journey through time.