Sheshan Forest Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Songjiang, Shanghai, China that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 344 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


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historic site

Sheshan Forest Park is a pleasant getaway from the urban hustle and bustle of Shanghai. The park is located on the southwest outskirts of Shanghai. Sheshan (佘山)is a 328 foot-high (100 m) hill in the city of Shanghai, China. It is surmounted by the Our Lady of China Catholic church, Sheshan Basilica, which was built there between 1925 and 1935 following its establishment as a chapel in the 1850s by European missionaries. The trails are all paved, and accessible year round. There are three main starting points, that all connect to the same network of paths. All paths lead up a forested hill, to the basilica at the top. The views are scenic on a clear day. There are moderate inclines all of the way, so be prepared for a bit of exercise. This is a nice day hike on one of the few mountains in the area of Shanghai.

Mon Jan 29 2018

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.

Mon Jul 31 2017

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 an insight into how the Chinese contributed to astromomy and the information is in English. Well worth a visit

Sat Jan 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.

Tue Jul 04 2017