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Heading Out

The Hongqiao transportation hub enables you to travel by metro, train or short haul flight to areas outside of Shanghai, as well as other cities and provinces in China.  Fast and convenient road networks mean that a trip to the country or another town or city is a stress free and enjoyable weekend option. 

Day trips by car

  • Fengjing, Tongli & Wuzhen water town
  • BIOfarm is located in Pudong and a tour of their greenhouses makes for an interesting family day out. 
  • Mahota Farm located on Chongming Island is approximately a two hour drive.  You can spend the day touring the farm and even stay over.
  • Shanghai Botantical Garden located in Xuhui is Shanghai’s largest Botanical Garden and features many glass houses with collections of orchids, tropical and arid loving plants.
  • Sheshan Mountian is a stone’s throw away from central Shanghai and offers ample opportunities for hiking and biking.
  • Dianshan Lake is approximately 40 minutes-drive from Huacao and offers opportunities to sail and kayak.
  • An interesting diversion and maybe a memory of your home country are the European towns located around Shanghai.  Built as a development project that did not quite come to fruition, you can experience Thames Town, Little Germany or Little Sweden.
  • Sofitel Sheshan Oriental is located a short drive from the city and offers a tranquil break in a lush landscape with meandering lagoons.  It has one of the best swimming pools in the city including a man-made beach and is a good destination for a Sunday brunch.
  • Le Meridien Sheshan can be enjoyed as a day trip or a weekend. Situated with views of water and hills there is access to interesting places such as Sheshan Bascilica church.  It also has a world class golfing facilitiy.

Weekends away by car

  • Moganshan is approximately a two hour drive from Shanghai.  It has an interesting history with villas from a bygone expat era as well as beautiful bamboo forests and walks with some wonderful panoramic views.  Eco-friendly accommodation can be found at Naked Retreats as well as more luxurious choices at La Passage.
  • Suzhou is approximately 1.5 hours from Shanghai. Luxury accommodation can be found at Regalia Suzhou 

Travel within China

Living in Shanghai gives you and your family a great opportunity to explore the vast expanse of China with all its amazing landscapes and people.  We can only give you a taster here but expats are very adventurous and you will soon find people who will tell you of their travels and share with you hints and tips on where to travel and what to see in this amazing country.   The students at the British International School Shanghai are able to experience some of the amazing opportunities China and other countries in Asia have to offer and children from year 6 upwards experience travelling and learning about the people and places of China and the Asia region.

A great book to get you started is the BBC publication Wild China.  The book is accompanied by a TV series available on DVD and explores 6 regions of China – the heartland, north of the wall, the Tibetan plateau, Yunnan, the great rice bowl and the crowded shores of China. 

You can travel to the heartland of China to see pandas at the famous Woolong Giant Panda Breeding and Research centre in Sichuan province.  Beijing sits in this area too with the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terracotta army within easy reach of Beijing at Xi’an.

North of the wall is the Changbai Shan Nature Reserve, and heading north towards the Russian border is Harbin with its ice festival and temperatures dropping to -30c.

Yunnan is the province that if you are only to live in Shanghai for a short time you should try and visit.  There is an abundance of fauna and flora as well as interesting people and cuisine.  Lijiang is a must on your list and so is the world famous Tiger Leaping Gorge.

The area known as the great rice bowl of China is home to Yangshuo  where you can see traditional fishing using a comorant as well as the Karst peaks of Guilin, so typical of Chinese watercolour paintings and embroideries.  

Heading back towards Shanghai and the coastline, China can offer a tropical experience on Hainan island or the sunshine beaches of Sanya.  Head towards the southwest and you can experience the rain forests of Jianfengling Nature Reserve.