Day Trips and Weekend Getaways

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Day Trips and Weekend Getaways

By celiathaysen July 22, 2014 in Fresh Tips, Family Travel, Out There, Raising Kids

Tags: weekend trips, Kids, Travel, Shanghai, China, day trips

Looking to get out of the city for a day or weekend outing? Try these fun trip ideas from the Ultimate Answer Guide!

by Celia Thaysen

While the hustle and bustle of Shanghai makes for fun adventures around every turn, you may occasionally find yourself saying, “I need to get out of here!” We have a few ideas for your next day trip or weekend getaway.

Sheshan Mountain is just a stone’s throw away from central Shanghai and offers ample opportunities for hiking and biking. The Sculpture Park not only features amazing large-scale sculpture art but a play paradise for small kids. The Chenshan Arboretum boasts over 200 hectors of greenery with stunning themed gardens. Before trekking around the park, fuel up at the popular brunches hosted by Sofitel Sheshan Oriental or Le Meridien Sheshan. Make a weekend of it and spend a second day on the thrilling rides at nearby Happy Valley Amusement Park.

China Cycle Tours provides flexible rides designed for all ages. For example, the Tai Lake tour steers families along colorful rural landscapes on a route that is far from the madding crowds and suitable for beginners. Kids’ bikes, baby seats, tandem bikes and helmets of all sizes are provided.

Whether you want to escape for a day, weekend or longer, the Shanghai Outing Club organizes custom biking and hiking tours around Shanghai (Hangzhou, Moganshan, Zhoushan Island, Zhuiji and more) for 7-70 year olds.

Take subway line 7 to Gucun Park where you can begin Baoshan District’s Ecological Trail from Gucun town. It is about 100 km long in total encircling the Baoshan district. It is a charmingly scenic route where walkers or cyclists can appreciate forests, streams and farm cottages, not to mention a cleaner and more refreshing atmosphere outside of the Shanghai smog. Unfortunately, there are no bike rental facilities in this area, so please remember to bring your own bike.

A visit to a water town is a must when living in Shanghai, and there are several not far from the city.Zhouzhuang, Tongli and Zhujiajiao are popular choices.

Destinations within a two-hour drive of Shanghai include:

  • Changshu (Yu Hill & Shanghu Lake, ShangJiaBang Lake)

  • Chongming Island (Wetlands)

  • Liangxia (green rural area, Fengjing water town)

  • Moganshan (Naked Stables & Retreats)

  • Nanbeihu, Jiangxin (South & North Lake)

  • Suzhou (Dongshan (East Hill) or Xishan (West Hill), Near TaiHu Lake)

  • Tongli (water town)

  • Wuxi (TaiHu Lake Area)

  • Wuzhen (water town)

Courtesy of Huating Travel

For some hair-raising fun, take the family out toChangzhou, where the Dino Park is the main attraction. With its rollercoasters, model dinosaurs and museum, it’s guaranteed to please children of all ages.

Splash out on a luxury hotel break for the family atInterContinental One Thousand Island Lake resort,Regalia Suzhou, Fairmont Yangcheng Lake, or the Hilton in Wuxi. For more inspiration, read 40 Weekend Breaks From Shanghai by Gilles Rouverand available from Shanghai Connections.

And make sure to remember passports! Even if you are only staying overnight within the city, you will need 

Day Trips and Weekend Getaways

By celiathaysen July 22, 2014 in Fresh Tips, Family Travel, Out There, Raising Kids

Tags: weekend trips, Kids, Travel, Shanghai, China, day trips

Looking to get out of the city for a day or weekend outing? Try these fun trip ideas from the Ultimate Answer Guide!

by Celia Thaysen

While the hustle and bustle of Shanghai makes for fun adventures around every turn, you may occasionally find yourself saying, “I need to get out of here!” We have a few ideas for your next day trip or weekend getaway.

Sheshan Mountain is just a stone’s throw away from central Shanghai and offers ample opportunities for hiking and biking. The Sculpture Park not only features amazing large-scale sculpture art but a play paradise for small kids. The Chenshan Arboretum boasts over 200 hectors of greenery with stunning themed gardens. Before trekking around the park, fuel up at the popular brunches hosted by Sofitel Sheshan Oriental or Le Meridien Sheshan. Make a weekend of it and spend a second day on the thrilling rides at nearby Happy Valley Amusement Park.

China Cycle Tours provides flexible rides designed for all ages. For example, the Tai Lake tour steers families along colorful rural landscapes on a route that is far from the madding crowds and suitable for beginners. Kids’ bikes, baby seats, tandem bikes and helmets of all sizes are provided.

Whether you want to escape for a day, weekend or longer, the Shanghai Outing Club organizes custom biking and hiking tours around Shanghai (Hangzhou, Moganshan, Zhoushan Island, Zhuiji and more) for 7-70 year olds.

Take subway line 7 to Gucun Park where you can begin Baoshan District’s Ecological Trail from Gucun town. It is about 100 km long in total encircling the Baoshan district. It is a charmingly scenic route where walkers or cyclists can appreciate forests, streams and farm cottages, not to mention a cleaner and more refreshing atmosphere outside of the Shanghai smog. Unfortunately, there are no bike rental facilities in this area, so please remember to bring your own bike.

A visit to a water town is a must when living in Shanghai, and there are several not far from the city.Zhouzhuang, Tongli and Zhujiajiao are popular choices.

Destinations within a two-hour drive of Shanghai include:

  • Changshu (Yu Hill & Shanghu Lake, ShangJiaBang Lake)

  • Chongming Island (Wetlands)

  • Liangxia (green rural area, Fengjing water town)

  • Moganshan (Naked Stables & Retreats)

  • Nanbeihu, Jiangxin (South & North Lake)

  • Suzhou (Dongshan (East Hill) or Xishan (West Hill), Near TaiHu Lake)

  • Tongli (water town)

  • Wuxi (TaiHu Lake Area)

  • Wuzhen (water town)

Courtesy of Huating Travel

For some hair-raising fun, take the family out toChangzhou, where the Dino Park is the main attraction. With its rollercoasters, model dinosaurs and museum, it’s guaranteed to please children of all ages.

Splash out on a luxury hotel break for the family atInterContinental One Thousand Island Lake resort,Regalia Suzhou, Fairmont Yangcheng Lake, or the Hilton in Wuxi. For more inspiration, read 40 Weekend Breaks From Shanghai by Gilles Rouverand available from Shanghai Connections.

And make sure to remember passports! Even if you are only staying overnight within the city, you will need