A weekend trip favorite: Moganshan

Moganshan is probably my no. 1 favorite destination for a weekend get-away out of Shanghai.

It is easy: just a 2 hours train ride from SH Hongqiao Station to Deqing (德清) and a 40 min car drive from Deqing to the mountain. Most hotels and guesthouses in Moganshan can arrange pick ups at reasonable prices

It is the opposite of Shanghai: quiet, green, fresh, clean & beeeeeautiful (ok Shanghai is also pretty beautiful in its own way but Moganshan beauty is of another kind)

It is super "laowai" friendly:  Moganshan offers a very local Chinese experience but at the same time most hotels and guesthouses serves lattes and Western breakfasts. The best of two worlds 

With the skies of Italy, Japanease greenery and the splendour of the Rocky Mountains Moganshan is a picturesque mountain covered in bamboo and pines. You can find hotels and guesthouses in all price ranges which all get pretty busy in weekends - especially in summer time where a trip to Moganshan is the perfect way to escape the Shanghai heat. 

This weekend we went for our second trip to Moganshan. The weather forecast said rain so we packed books, hiking shoes & redwine and prepared us for a quiet cozy weekend away from Shanghai's busyness surrounded by nature. 

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In Moganshan we stay at the simple and very reasonable priced Bamboo View Guesthouse which is located at the bottom of the mountain, close to Prodigy mountainbike club and Wohoo life guesthouse. It is run by a nice Chinese family and the daughter Lanying speaks English: bambooview@gmail.com

In Moganshan we stay at the simple and very reasonable priced Bamboo View Guesthouse which is located at the bottom of the mountain, close to Prodigy mountainbike club and Wohoo life guesthouse. It is run by a nice Chinese family and the daughter Lanying speaks English: bambooview@gmail.com

The Bamboo view Guesthouse's outside area 

The Bamboo view Guesthouse's outside area 

Our "Bamboo (and pine) view" from the room  

Our "Bamboo (and pine) view" from the room

 

The yummy Chinese style breakfast which is included in room prices at Bamboo View Guesthouse. For RMB 25 extra Lanying will serve it with a latte on the side

The yummy Chinese style breakfast which is included in room prices at Bamboo View Guesthouse. For RMB 25 extra Lanying will serve it with a latte on the side

From the bottom of the mountain you can do a three hour hike to the top of Moganshan. Here you can eat lunch in the village, visit Mao Zedong's Moganshan residency and admire the colonial style houses. Afterwards you can either hike or take a car down for around RMB 80

From the bottom of the mountain you can do a three hour hike to the top of Moganshan. Here you can eat lunch in the village, visit Mao Zedong's Moganshan residency and admire the colonial style houses. Afterwards you can either hike or take a car down for around RMB 80

From a tea field at the top

From a tea field at the top

Halfway up

Halfway up

"The lodge" is a rather famous Western style cafe and hotel host located in the village at the top of Moganshan

"The lodge" is a rather famous Western style cafe and hotel host located in the village at the top of Moganshan

China Cuckoo is a book written by a British guy who is also the founder of "The Lodge". It is a really interesting book about the history of Moganshan as well as a fascinating and true story about his life in China

China Cuckoo is a book written by a British guy who is also the founder of "The Lodge". It is a really interesting book about the history of Moganshan as well as a fascinating and true story about his life in China

After a three hour hike finding "The Lodge" and Western food is too good

After a three hour hike finding "The Lodge" and Western food is too good

And the local Moganshan brew

And the local Moganshan brew

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