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2 months ago

For a hike in the city more or less it was fantastic. It was snowing the whole time I was there so there were very few people and we felt like it was a different place all together because of that. Very easy hike but nice to get out of the throng.

Interesting historic church on the hill and certainly worth a look. A relatively easy hike to the top but very crowded on the weekends. Views over Songjiang district are hampered by pollution. Visit the Observatory on the hill...gives an insight into how the Chinese contributed to astromomy and the information is in English. Well worth a visit

I had a free morning, while in Minhang District of Shanghai. Rather than wait around in my hotel for my colleagues to pick me up for afternoon meetings, I decided to find someplace with a bit of green. The area of Minhang where this trail network is located, is truly an unsightly, urban area of soulless light industrial complexes and streets full of heavy traffic. I found this green zone by looking at local maps. It was a considerable walk in the sweltering humidity of this Shanghai summer morning, but it was well worth the effort.

At first, I was truly amazed that I had been frequently visiting Minhang for a decade, and had never heard of this wetland area. But then some locals explained to me that it was a new nature development area that has not been open very long. In any case, the water flowers in the lake gardens are AWESOME! They were impossibly beautiful! The trails surrounding the lake are also topnotch. They are spotless, with full-time caretakers managing them. There is a nice balance between lakeside paths, wooden walkways, and forest paths that meander through lush forests and across streams and bridges.

There is an interesting network of trails that weave through this lovely green area, so that one could spend the better part of an afternoon walking them. I would guess that there are probably 3 miles or so of linear trails in the network. Although this is probably not a destination for a serious hiker looking for intercourse with primal nature, it is certainly a nice walk for anyone in the area, and worth a visit.

I clocked 7.9 miles on my pedometer roundtrip to my hotel, and dripping wet with sweat and humidity by the time I got back. I smiled for the rest of the day, and kept thinking about the beautiful flowers during my boring afternoon meetings.

This is a good way to immerse yourself in all that is Shanghai. Beware of pickpockets and new "friends". This is trinket central, so be prepared to shop around for lots of stuff you probably don't need. You get get as much or little walking as you care to enjoy.

I explored this area one more time this morning. I discovered that at the western end of this splendid green zone is a fantastic running / walking track. I would estimate that it is about 1/2 mile around it. There are various exercise machines along the way. There is a lake and a Tai Chi / dance / exercise stage in the middle of the track. The urban planners in Songjiang District have truly served the people of their community!

I took another morning stroll around this green zone. I found a very tiny frog jumping toward the street, with no worthy goal in sight. I caught it, and carried it down to a mossy area of one of the lakes, and let it slip away into frog paradise.

I thought I should give this trail network another quick mention. Anybody who has spent any time in Shanghai should already know that there are no amazing places to hike within a 100-mile radius of the city. This is a huge city with very few green areas or mountains within its limits. Shanghai is not a hiking destination. That said, for those of us who live to walk, we must make do with what we can find. Green areas like this very nice area in Songjiang are about as good as it gets for a walk in Shanghai.

While this is probably not a hiking attraction that one should go out of their way to see, if one happens to be in the area, it is certainly a worthy spot to go for a nice walk, a jog, or to do some Tai Chi with the locals in the morning. The city has certainly done an outstanding job of carving out this very lovely green zone in the middle of the ocean of Shanghai buildings. This was obviously a very expensive city beautification project, with lots of beauty as a benefit for years to come.

hiking
Saturday, March 04, 2017

Nice walk in the bamboo words but I would rate this trail as super easy. If you're looking for a workout, then you will need to go up and down a few times.

Also, if you're coming from Shanghai, it really is out in the middle of nowhere. There is 郊区, but this area was full fledged 农村。 So be prepared to get your taxi driver to wait for you so you have a ride back. Otherwise, you will likely need to take a "black car" or potentially a bus to the subway station to get back into town. If you do see a legitimate taxi, it will be a local 松江 taxi and they wont take you out of town. By car, it is about 1-1.5 hrs outside of Shanghai. I didn't go the train option, but google estimated that at around 2-2.5 hours which sounds about right. You will need to change lines from #9 line coming back into town. This is not a long distance to travel for a great hike, but this was by no means a great hike.

Temple was ok. Nothing spectacular here.

hiking
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sheshan Forest Park is a nice place for a quick escape from the city. The trail / path is paved. There are stairs in many places. Expect an invigorating walk up the hill and back. It can get a bit crowded on weekends, but relative to the rest of Shanghai, it is peaceful on the busiest of days. There are some forests, flowers, relatively fresh air, nice views, and a historical church at the top of the hill.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Firstly, let me say up front, that this is not a hiking / adventure destination that you should go too far out of your way to see. Before you hop on an airplane to fly around the world, make sure to line up a more significant target destination. If you happen to be in the vicinity of Tianmashan, why not climb up the mountain to see what you can see?

If you are tired of being in the big city, here is a place in the greater Shanghai area, where you can commune with nature. There is a paved trail, with stairs in places, that goes up to the top of the hill, where there is an ancient leaning tower. I would estimate that there are at least 3-4 miles of trails that meander about. There are lovely forests and nice views of the surrounding countryside. At the base of the hill, in the surrounding villages, there are lots of small, country restaurants where you can get some tasty local food. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai, this is a perfect place to go for a day trip.

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