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“Nice place to visit when weather is good”

Sheshan Forest Park
Ranked #108 of 1,303 things to do in Shanghai
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Reviewed 28 July 2015

Visited during weekend and while there were fairly much people wouldn't say that it was too crowded & some of the pathways like the wooden plank way from West gate to the South gate was very quiet and offered forest views which are so rare in Shanghai overall.

Recommend visiting the hill top astronomic museum (entrance 12 RMB) too as there are best views from there and the museum is interesting too.

1  Thank Aki P
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Reviewed 19 June 2015

If you live in Shanghai, have a free weekend with nothing to do, and the weather is favourable, a brisk walk up Sheshan is a nice morning activity for you. An hour's drive from the city, I got to the North Entrance just before opening time on a Sunday (8 am). Entrance is free - you need to pick up an entry card with a code from the booth near the entrance. The card needs to be scanned to get you through the turnstile. There were about 5 people in total at that time.
Up a further 50 steps, and you are at a nice pagoda (no roof access though). From there on, is the path up the hill to the cathedral on top. There are signs and maps (in English) at multiple locations. I took the boardwalk route up. I recommend this. It's very quiet, and through the bamboo forest. Flattish, with a few steps in between - easy for kids too. After ~10 minutes, you climb uphill on a cobblestone road, and arrive at the path leading to the cathedral after a further 10 minutes. There's a solar planetarium here (did not visit - entry fee of RMB 12, opening 8:30 am). The cathedral is open for worship, and is in good repair. Walking around the outside of the cathedral, you get views of the valley below, with several high-end bungalows, and the nearby Happy Valley theme park.
On the way down, I descended through the formal route, which is a fully stone-constructed pathway, going through the bell-tower, and finally arriving back at the pagoda starting point.
There are garbage bins everywhere - so the place was very clean. Multiple toilets, which were all working and clean. The crowds starting coming in after 9:30 am, and then the smoking in public as well - which are the annoyances you can avoid if you took an early start.

Overall, a nice outing - with brisk exercise, pleasant outdoors, well-maintained environment, and easily accessible from Shanghai.

5  Thank SNottIN
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

The view on the top of this mountain is very good except for the many day's were the air pollution is very high, there is litter everywhere you go, people just leave there bottles on the floor even if there is a bin beside them. There used to be an amazing bamboo made park which had tons of obstacle courses and a huge slide. this used to be our favourite thing in the mountain but when we went to ask a staff member why it wasn't open, she said that all of the monkeys from a cage further up the mountain had escaped and were running around the mountain! not a good experience.

3  Thank kirkwoodnicolas
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

Bored with all this mass of people and noisy environment? understand. If you think u can escape from it... No way. This unique hill is a landmark, it is a short exercise to climb it on rather well maintained walkways. On top of is there is a neogothic church, closed, for renovation. Maybe. The view is nice. But ... Your are neither alone nor in a tranquile environment. And Chinese people still need to learn, that garbage belongs to... Right: the garbage can. If you have no car or want to avoid the risky ride with this money grabbing private taxis, u must be facing a long ride in metro line 9 and then wait, wait, wait for one of the public busses to take you from shensahn station to the hill.the thing is: you stand all the time. Also at your destination you hardly find a place to sit and rest... Well. I keep saying: take it as an exercise, and really enjoy the remarkable view. It is... Still a city escape, although the compounds and the apartment silos are coming closer and closer...

5  Thank Wolfgang S
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

Well, in Shanghai you are always happy to be in the greens, no? Here a nice forrest is an exception, in Europe we are used to it. A bit artificial for my taste, but green is green!

2  Thank ExpatinChina
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