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.