4 Oct 2019, By Julz
Shanghai is both modern and historic, fast paced and fun. There is so much to do and see within the city, but what about when you’re worn out by your day to day and need an escape? Shanghai is surrounded closely by so many villages, cities, and natural landscapes that there is no shortage of adventure to be had. Here are five fun day trips from Shanghai you won’t want to miss.
Suzhou is just a 23 minute high speed train ride from Shanghai, making it an easy quick trip. The city has beautiful canals and waterways, but is most well known for its traditional gardens, nine of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The gardens reflect on the Chinese values of balance and harmony, and add to the serene nature of Suzhou.
Hanzhou is another nearby city, most well known for West Lake, a beautiful lake that you can easily spend the take walking or biking around. If you have extra time, hiring a car or taking a bus to the outskirts of the city to see the unique tea terraces and untouched natural landscapes would complete any day or weekend trip. Hangzhou is just a 45 minute bullet train from Shanghai.
Zhujiajiao, just an hour outside of Shanghai by bus, is one of the most highly recommended of the eight nearby water towns, all of which stem from Lake Tai. Explore ancient bridges, traditional architecture, and visit Dianshan Lake. This lake is 12 times larger than West Lake, and a bit more commercialized, which means there’s no shortage of things to do.
Nanjing is a major city with a fascinating history. Nanjing – which means southern capital – was the capital of many of the ruling dynasties of the past. It is known for its many cultural attractions such as the former Presidential Palace and Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall. A perfect day trip for a history buff, or just someone looking to learn more about China’s history.
Shenshan Sculpture Park is just 45 minutes outside of Shanghai, and is a perfect day trip for families, or with friends. It was built around a manmade lake and is the area is filled with large sculptures. It’s a beautiful place to stroll and look at the art, sit and read a book, or even pack a picnic! There are also cute cafes and restaurants, if picnics aren’t your style, or pools and boat rentals for more adventure. It’s family friendly, including some an area with sculptures designed for fun with kids. This is a perfect easy getaway from the stress of the city.
No matter what trips you decide to take, make sure to spend some time exploring the surrounding fun, beauty, and culture you’ll have access to while living in and traveling around Shanghai.