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Moganshan

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Moganshan is just north of Hangzhou and takes about an hour by bus/car to get there from the centre of Hangzhou. The closest town to the park has two names: Wukang or Deqing. The Moganshan National Park is a small park that encompasses the Mogan mountain area and its three peaks. The tallest of the peaks, Mt. Ta, is not terribly high at only 724m but there are many footpaths and small sights to see so it is a popular weekend getaway spot for people in the Hangzhou and Shanghai areas as it is so close. Because the mountain isn't very high and the paths are well-kept, it makes for a nice place for hiking and walking for people of all ages.


Moganshan became a popular retreat in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries for the well-to-do expat crowd to escape in the summer months from the swamp in Shanghai to the cooler climes of the mountains. They built large villas of local stone, churches and even swimming pools and tennis courts on the mountainside. Moganshan was the place to be and party in July and August during those years.


The main activity in Moganshan is hiking. The mountain is covered with green tea plantations and beautiful, towering bamboo forests. You can also find temples, old mansions of the expat elite as well as ponds, streams and waterfalls. Some of the villas have been re-made into inns which prove to be popular sources of accommodation.