Shanghai’s “Mountain” – SheShan

I have been itching to travel somewhere , to get out of Shanghai for a weekend , but the double whammy of trying to making sure I have enough RMB to have fun in Vietnam and stupid weekend errands have kept me within a couple of blocks radius of my house for the blessed 2 day break. (no further West than Shanghai Brewery , no further East than XinTianDi , no further South than Zhaojiabang Rd , and no further North than HuaiHaiZhong Rd. )

The combination of frugalness and convenience led to SheShan (佘山) or She’s (not the same as English – shhuuuuhh-) Mountain. Frugalness liking the free entrance and convenience liking the appropriately named SheShan Metro Stop. Mountain is more of a misnomer really , as it stands a towering 90 (18% of Shanghai’s current tallest building -Shanghai World Financial Center-) meters over the surrounding alluvial plains. I thought it was the highest natural elevation in Shanghai until a Google search gave that to the 130 meter tall peak of the uninhabited island Dajinshan.

We visited the Eastern and Western parts of the SheShan Forest Park area. There is more to do in the surrounding environs with several high-class hotel resorts , a golf course, and the adjacent Happy Valley Amusement Park. With those things all costing the big bucks , we stuck to the park.

Waiting in a huge line for a death trap? Ehhhhhhh.

I had visited the Eastern part of the park with the Flying Dutchman , Pan, waaay back in the distant mists of 2 years ago , but it was time to head back.

The Eastern part of the park is one of the closest places to nature as you can get in Shanghai. It is a peaceful , easy, stroll through bamboo thickets to get to the peak. There are several good places for grabbing a peak at the outlying countryside. There is even Fragrant Buddha Spring brought to you by Pepsi-Cola©!

Nothing says Zen like crappy speakers blasting “relaxing” music and an ice-cold can of PEPSI©!
Wanna be a big-bellied Buddha? Two words. Sugar calories!

All jokes aside, the Eastern part of the park is really nice.

On to the West!

It starts out bizarrely enough , with a free ticket given to you at the booth which you then have to scan through the turnstiles to enter. This is where the previous post came from.

Another strange thing about this part of the park is the Roman Catholic Basilica chilling on the very peak alongside a Jesuit Astronomy Observatory. Apparently this church was one of the most important in Asia in the early 1900s with pilgrims from all across Asia visiting. The church was heavily damaged during the Cultural Revolution but has since been restored , and is now an active Church. Visitation is free.

The Observatory, on the other hand , costs a measly 12 rmb (little under $2USD) for admission. The museum is totally not worth it but the view from the top of the Observatory is. I was incredibly surprised to spot the Shanghai World Financial Center along with the JinMao Tower (current 2 tallest buildings in Shanghai) from the top! These buildings are approximately 35 kilometers away!

All-in-all it’s a great trip if you live in Shanghai and need to break the monotony of concrete with some bamboo. It’s definitely not a come to Shanghai just to see it attraction but if you spend enough time here you should see it.

Being out the burbs of Shanghai there aren’t too many foreigners and that leads to some funny things.

Funny things kids said

1. (In Chinese) Whoooaa! I see a foreigner!
2. (In English after he pretended to shotgun blast his dad off a ledge) Headshot!
3. (No Language) A shocked lingering quadruple take stare.

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6 thoughts on “Shanghai’s “Mountain” – SheShan

  1. I love Shanghai and visit as often as possible. We currently live in a rural area called FoHo Economic Development Zone or Luxu depending on who you ask. Thank you for sharing information on Shanghai!

    Maria

    • Whoa! I found Fenhu on a map. You guys are out in the boonies! What are you doing all the way out there?!? The terrain looks pretty great with all the lakes around. I’m smack dab in the former French Concession and loving it! Always glad to share info on Shanghai , happy someone is reading!
      -David

      • Hi David,

        My husband is here on business so we just joined him. We liked it so well we decided to come back and stay a while. This is a pretty rural area and we now have a TESCO so we don’t have to go to Shanghai as often as we can find fresh milk, butter, cheese, and sometimes sour cream here. It’s amazing how much we use these products in our day to day lives. I hear the French Concession has some pretty neat bakeries and shops. We like to go down by where the Blue Frog Restaurant is at for lunch most times. Thank you for responding and take care! Can’t wait to read about your up coming trip!

        Maria

      • Sounds good! I never buy milk , cheese, and sour cream , but I do live by a Tesco! I guess I’ve gone Chinese haha. The French Concession is an amazing place to live. A walk a few blocks in any direction from my apartment has tons of great places to drink and eat. I wouldn’t trade for anything. The Blue Frog is awesome , and if you go to the one on Maoming Lu , it’s right by my apartment! Unfortunately though that one is closing . But don’t worry they have other branches so you can continue to get your fix. I can’t wait to go to Vietnam and share my pictures with everyone! Do you have a ton of parks and good lake spots by your place?

  2. Sounds good! I never buy milk , cheese, and sour cream , but I do live by a Tesco! I guess I’ve gone Chinese haha. The French Concession is an amazing place to live. A walk a few blocks in any direction from my apartment has tons of great places to drink and eat. I wouldn’t trade for anything. The Blue Frog is awesome , and if you go to the one on Maoming Lu , it’s right by my apartment! Unfortunately though that one is closing :(. But don’t worry they have other branches so you can continue to get your fix. I can’t wait to go to Vietnam and share my pictures with everyone! Do you have a ton of parks and good lake spots by your place?

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