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“Best "hike" you're going to get within 1-2 hours of Shanghai. Nice spot.”

Sheshan Forest Park
Reviewed 16 January 2016

Great spot to take the kids for a half-day trip. 3 hours walking around two little hills (about 80m vertical accent from parking lot to summit). No actual paths, just paved walkways. Wasn't too crowded when I went. Not something to do unless you live in Shanghai and looking for convenient ways to escape the urban jungle in my opinion.

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Reviewed 1 October 2015

Sheshan is a small hill in the songjiang district of shanghai with a church and short board walk on top. While the hill is a little underwhelming there is plenty to do in the area including a botanical garden, happy valley amusement park and Thames town. So definitely make a day of visiting this area but if you only come for the forest park it's not so nice.

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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.

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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.

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