hiking
8 months ago

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.

walking
10 months ago

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.