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'''Moganshan''' is a mountain top tourist region near [[Hangzhou]], [[Zhejiang]], [[China]].  It is a good weekend retreat from Shanghai, as it is only a 2.5 hour drive west.  It is busiest in July and August, when the weather in the cities and valleys below is much hotter. It is also very nice in the shoulder periods when the cooler weather makes for more pleasant hiking. This contributor has also visited after heavy snowfall in February. The mountain sells half price tickets in the winter, since it is less popular to visit. You can either drive or hike to the summit along the foot paths through the bamboo. In winter it can be lonely and beautiful, well worth the effort.
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'''Moganshan''' [http://www.mogan-mountain.com/overview.html] is a mountain top tourist region near [[Hangzhou]], [[Zhejiang]], [[China]].  It is a good weekend retreat from Shanghai, as it is only a 2.5 hour drive west.  It is busiest in July and August, when the weather in the cities and valleys below is much hotter. It is also very nice in the shoulder periods when the cooler weather makes for more pleasant hiking. This contributor has also visited after heavy snowfall in February. The mountain sells half price tickets in the winter, since it is less popular to visit. You can either drive or hike to the summit along the foot paths through the bamboo. In winter it can be lonely and beautiful, well worth the effort.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
The most convenient way is by private car, about a 2.5 hour drive from Shanghai.  Or, there is a direct 4 hour bus from Shanghai which leaves 3 times in the morning from the Old North Bus Station.  Or, you can take the high speed train to Hangzhou, and take Taxi or bus from there.
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The most convenient way is by private car, about a 2.5 hour drive from [[Shanghai]].  Or, there is a direct 4 hour bus from Shanghai which leaves 3 times in the morning from the Old North Bus Station.  Or, you can take the high speed train to [[Hangzhou]], and take taxi or bus from there.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
The tourist area on top of the mountain is relatively small; there are numerous meandering footpaths that pass by bamboo forests, tea fields, and old stone houses.
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The tourist area on top of the mountain is relatively small; there are numerous meandering footpaths that pass by bamboo forests, tea fields, and old stone houses.
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There are actually numerous trails on Moganshan. Be prepared to be challenged, though, because they go up for a long time, and then back down. The trails are well kept with stairs where necessary, but are not for the faint of heart. The Temple Hike, for example is about three miles and takes about five hours because one goes from the top of the mountain, down to the valley and back up again.
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The trails and sites are abundant and beautiful.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
* '''Le Passage Mohkan Shan''' [http://www.lepassagemoganshan.com/] Luxury French Country House Hotel, Relax in style. Premium accommodation with a stunning view over a tea plantation, delicious French food and wines.
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* '''Moganshan Lodge''' [http://www.moganshanlodge.com/] in town has helpful service, a nice patio, and can give you advice on things to do and where to stay.   
 
* '''Moganshan Lodge''' [http://www.moganshanlodge.com/] in town has helpful service, a nice patio, and can give you advice on things to do and where to stay.   
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
Moganshan Beer is quite good, and comes in an attractive bottle.
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Le Passage Mohkan Shan offer a fantastic selection of bio-dynamic and natural French wines, don't forget to try the pear brandy distilled at the hotle
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Moganshan beer is quite good, and comes in an attractive bottle.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
'''Le Passage Mohkan Shan''' Luxury French country house hotel, revives Moganshan's rich history while holding to the very highest standard of elegance and comfort. With its old-word charm and graceful plantation architecture, Le Passage Mohkan Shan offers spacious rooms, sweeping views of the surrounding tea fields, an outdoor spring water pool and five-star service for sophisticated travellers. Relax in style, in a gorgeous and serene setting that takes you far away from the standardized hotel experience. 1500rmn per person per night including breakfast lunch and dinner. Reservations +86-186-5728-5900 http://www.lepassagemoganshan.com
 
  
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The villages boast many small and inexpensive guest houses that offer nice rooms with en suite and full board if required. The non-Chinese speaker will find communication difficult, but be brave, use the "phone a friend" system and it will be OK. The multi-story homes with large signs are usually guest houses.
  
Prodigy Outdoor base is the latest to renovate local buildings for Shanghai and Hangzhou visitors to stay in more style than the local nongjiale guesthouses. It has capacity for groups up to 28, with exclusive hire per night at the weekend at just ¥4,000.  
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'''Le Passage Mohkan Shan''' [http://www.lepassagemoganshan.com], Luxury French Country House Hotel, nostalgic historical property offering luxurious large and comfortable bedrooms (70~120sqm) with an amazing view of private organic tea plantation, heated outdoor pool, delicious French country food and wines for the sophisticated travelers. Deluxe Room 2,100rmb, Garden Room 2,800rmb, Mezzanine Room 3,800rmb. Tel. +86-186-5728-5900
  
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'''Miss Xu's''' hotel located in a beautiful old stone mansion is right near town, but with plenty of privacy. 13645725033
  
Naked Retreats are beautiful old farmhouses renovated in a truly quaint style. A mix of rustic and luxury. The price is around ¥500pp (Weekdays) and ¥700pp (Weekends).  Book in advance is advised. Nothing on the mountain truly compares.
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A similar hotel nearby with the large Japanese (small leaf) maple tree can be reached at 13567229790 (cell), 0572-8033495, or 0572-8033493
http://www.nakedretreats.cn/
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+86 21 6431 8901
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Miss Xu's hotel located in a beautiful old stone mansion is right near town, but with plenty of privacy. 13645725033
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'''Naked Retreats''' [http://www.nakedretreats.cn/] are beautiful old farmhouses renovated in a truly quaint style. A mix of rustic and luxury. The price is around ¥1500pp (weekdays) and ¥1900pp (weekends) for a couple.  Book in advance is advised. Nothing on the mountain truly compares. Tel. +86 21 6431 8901
  
A similar hotel nearby with the largest Japanese (small leaf) maple tree I have ever seen can be reached at 13567229790 (cell), 0572-8033495, or 0572-8033493
 
  
The villages boast many small and inexpensive guest houses that offer nice rooms with en suite and full board if required. The non-Chinese speaker will find communication difficult, but be brave, use the "phone a friend" system and it will be OK. The multi-story homes with large signs are usually guest houses.
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*<sleep name="Prodigy Outdoor base" alt="" address="Houwu village" directions="" phone="+86 189 6926 0036" url="http://www.prodigyoutdoor.com/?lang=en" checkin="" checkout="" price="&yen;130+/head" lat="" long="">Prodigy outdoor base is so-named because it considers itself less a hotel in the forest and more a base from which to explore, get involved in outdoor sports or just enjoy nature and then relax with friends and family, enjoying fresh food from the kitchen cooked by local farmers and drinks from the bar. Bikes are available to hire and the base can organise activities tailored to your group.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Prodigy Outdoor base" alt="" address="Houwu village" directions="" phone="+86 189 6926 0036" url="http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/listings/travel/moganshan-accommodation/has/prodigy-outdoor-centre/?most_viewed=1" checkin="" checkout="" price="&yen;130+/head" lat="" long="">Prodigy outdoor base is so-named because it considers itself less a hotel in the forest and more a base from which to explore, get involved in outdoor sports or just enjoy nature and then relax with friends and family, enjoying fresh food from the kitchen cooked by local farmers and drinks from the bar. Bikes are available to hire and the base can organise activities tailored to your group.</sleep>
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Moganshan House 23 is run by the same family that operates the Lodge and is a lovely choice. The restored house is charming and the staff is eager to please. Its location is very convenient whether your looking for a place that's close to the trails or close to the town and the Lodge. http://moganshanhouse23.com/
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'''Moganshan House 23''' [http://moganshanhouse23.com/] is run by the same family that operates the Lodge and is a lovely choice. The restored house is charming and the staff is eager to please. Its location is very convenient whether your looking for a place that's close to the trails or close to the town and the Lodge.
  
 
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Revision as of 03:13, 3 June 2013

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Moganshan [1] is a mountain top tourist region near Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. It is a good weekend retreat from Shanghai, as it is only a 2.5 hour drive west. It is busiest in July and August, when the weather in the cities and valleys below is much hotter. It is also very nice in the shoulder periods when the cooler weather makes for more pleasant hiking. This contributor has also visited after heavy snowfall in February. The mountain sells half price tickets in the winter, since it is less popular to visit. You can either drive or hike to the summit along the foot paths through the bamboo. In winter it can be lonely and beautiful, well worth the effort.

Contents

Get in

The most convenient way is by private car, about a 2.5 hour drive from Shanghai. Or, there is a direct 4 hour bus from Shanghai which leaves 3 times in the morning from the Old North Bus Station. Or, you can take the high speed train to Hangzhou, and take taxi or bus from there.

Get around

The tourist area on top of the mountain is relatively small; there are numerous meandering footpaths that pass by bamboo forests, tea fields, and old stone houses.

There are actually numerous trails on Moganshan. Be prepared to be challenged, though, because they go up for a long time, and then back down. The trails are well kept with stairs where necessary, but are not for the faint of heart. The Temple Hike, for example is about three miles and takes about five hours because one goes from the top of the mountain, down to the valley and back up again.

The trails and sites are abundant and beautiful.

See

Moganshan 1.jpg

There is a nice park with walking trails at the very top of the mountain. Half way up is the center of the quaint village, made mainly of stone houses, many of which were built in the early 1900s. Below the village is a series of pools and waterfalls that go down a steep canyon. You will need your Moganshan entry ticket to go all the way in.

Do

Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful views. Read a book, go for a hike, sit in a hammock, or try some delicious local beer and cuisine. Be at one with the forest.

Buy

Visitors must pay ¥80 to enter the scenic area. Do not lose this ticket, or you may have to buy it again!

Eat

  • Moganshan Lodge [2] in town has helpful service, a nice patio, and can give you advice on things to do and where to stay.

Drink

Moganshan beer is quite good, and comes in an attractive bottle.

Sleep

The villages boast many small and inexpensive guest houses that offer nice rooms with en suite and full board if required. The non-Chinese speaker will find communication difficult, but be brave, use the "phone a friend" system and it will be OK. The multi-story homes with large signs are usually guest houses.

Le Passage Mohkan Shan [3], Luxury French Country House Hotel, nostalgic historical property offering luxurious large and comfortable bedrooms (70~120sqm) with an amazing view of private organic tea plantation, heated outdoor pool, delicious French country food and wines for the sophisticated travelers. Deluxe Room 2,100rmb, Garden Room 2,800rmb, Mezzanine Room 3,800rmb. Tel. +86-186-5728-5900

Miss Xu's hotel located in a beautiful old stone mansion is right near town, but with plenty of privacy. 13645725033

A similar hotel nearby with the large Japanese (small leaf) maple tree can be reached at 13567229790 (cell), 0572-8033495, or 0572-8033493

Naked Retreats [4] are beautiful old farmhouses renovated in a truly quaint style. A mix of rustic and luxury. The price is around ¥1500pp (weekdays) and ¥1900pp (weekends) for a couple. Book in advance is advised. Nothing on the mountain truly compares. Tel. +86 21 6431 8901


  • Prodigy Outdoor base, Houwu village, +86 189 6926 0036, [5]. Prodigy outdoor base is so-named because it considers itself less a hotel in the forest and more a base from which to explore, get involved in outdoor sports or just enjoy nature and then relax with friends and family, enjoying fresh food from the kitchen cooked by local farmers and drinks from the bar. Bikes are available to hire and the base can organise activities tailored to your group. ¥130+/head.

Moganshan House 23 [6] is run by the same family that operates the Lodge and is a lovely choice. The restored house is charming and the staff is eager to please. Its location is very convenient whether your looking for a place that's close to the trails or close to the town and the Lodge.

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