Ecotourism in Shanghai’s Chongming Island
- On December 28, 2016
- By Cez Krol
- In Places to visit
Although this lovely island is technically part of Shanghai, you will see no resemblance to the fast-paced action of life in the city. Instead, Chongming is a haven of natural life, and a peaceful escape from the bustle of booming Shanghai. If you’re looking to get back in touch with nature after spending some time in the city, then Chongming Island is your perfect retreat! Check out some of the great natural wonders of China’s third largest island.
Where to Visit
#1 Dongtan Wetland Park
This beautiful and diverse area is home to over 300 different types of birds. The calm and tranquil area is perfect for those who wish to get in touch with nature, or who want to observe beautiful birds. This is a beautiful area to view migrating birds during the months of November through March or from June to September.
This park is located towards the east of the island and is accessible from Chenjia Town by taxi for about 40 yuan. Entrance will cost about 60 yuan.
#2 Qianwei Ecology Village
Towards the northern side of Chongming, this charming village is a return to a simpler time, and its eco-residents are proving that clean energy and a little bit of effort can significantly reduce the impact that we have on the environment. Visitors will be charged 40 yuan and will be shown around the village to understand exactly how eco-living works. You’ll be able to see Quan Wei’s straw power generator, and you’ll have a chance to truly enjoy nature in a village that is defying modern living and its nearby polluting neighbor, Shanghai. If you’re planning on visiting the Dongping National Forest Park (see below), then Qianwei is easily accessed by taxi.
#3 Pearl Lake
This beautiful freshwater lake is the largest lake on Chongming and features beautiful rare plants and stunning, crystal-clear water. Follow the bridge which is decorated with lovely in-season flowers, and notice how nature begins to envelop you. This area is full of life, from the plants to the birds, to the humming of insects and flitting butterflies. Entrance will cost 45 yuan per person.
#4 Dongping National Forest Park
This lush park covers an area of over 3.5 square kilometers and is the biggest man-made forest in a wide radius. This dense area is thick with trees and features some scatterings of pristine lakes and classical gardens. If you are looking for exciting activities, there is plenty to do at Dawn Redwood Lake. Here, you can go horseback riding, practice archery, play on bumper cars, or even try grass skiing. The nearby Maple Garden is full of fluorescent colors when the flowers are all in bloom, and the air is sweet.
In other parts of the park, the more adventurous visitors can be tempted by steep rock climbing or can get the adrenaline pumping with a zip line ride.
However, if you’re looking for a more relaxing trip, Dongping still has everything you could ask for. Bicycle trails traverse the thick forest, and as you wander along you may even spot a shy herd of deer. If you’re interested in seeing more animals, the southwest corner of the park features a terrace that is specially built for bird watching. Equipped with two powerful telescopes, you’ll be able to marvel at the beauty of migratory birds as they rest around Longce Lake.
The cost of entrance is 70 yuan, and the park has its own bus station, accessible by the Nandong Special Bus Line or the Nanjing Special Bus Line.
How to Get to Chongming Island
If you’re staying in Shanghai, there are a few ways to get there. The easiest and fastest way would be to take a taxi, which will take you about 1 hour, and will cost around 350 yuan. If you have access to a car, you can make the same drive yourself and save quite a bit of money. Another way to arrive in Chongming is by riding the Metro Line 3 to the Baoyang Lu Station and catching the ferry from the harbor there to Nanmen.
With so many ways to enjoy the natural world in Chongming, this is something that you cannot miss when visiting Shanghai. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in a completely natural and wonderful environment.