The best things to do on Chongming Island

Get out into nature on this island less than two hours from downtown Shanghai

Photograph: courtesy Mahota Farm
With a population of less than a million, Chongming Island is quieter and more laidback than the average Shanghai-dweller may be used to. For a getaway from the city, hop on the Shenchong Line 2 or Shenchong Line 3 bus at the Wenshui Lu or the Science and Technology Museum metro stations and you’ll be on the island in just under two hours. Read on for our picks of what to do once you’re there.

Mahota Farm

One of several working farms scattered about Chongming, Mahota Farm offers tours of its premises for around 280RMB for adults and 140RMB for kids. During all-day tours, you’ll see firsthand how Mahota promotes healthy eating and sustainable farming habits, and get the chance to pick organic vegetables and feed farm animals.

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Beiqiyao Modern Agriculture Park

Mingzhu Lake

Located on the far west side of the island, Mingzhu Lake and its surrounding park are 10 square kilometres of gorgeous greenery, open space and blissful quiet. Hop on a rental bike and explore the park, or take a 20-minute boat ride on the lake for 20RMB per person.

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333 Sanhua Gong Lu

Qianwei Ecological Village

Much like Mahota Farm, Qianwei has fields of its own and loads of hands-on activities. Pick a bouquet of roses from its massive rose garden or pluck fresh dragon fruit from its greenhouses for only a few RMB.

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Qianwei Agricultural Tourism Area

Sanmin Traditional Village

Afterwards, stop by Sanmin Traditional Village (about a 15-minute walk down the street from Qianwei), which has displays on traditional Chinese clothing, weaving techniques and other gems.

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2201 Linfeng Gong Lu

Dongping Forest Park

This lush park spans roughly 3.5 square kilometres near the centre of the island and is packed to the brim with not only trees, plants and flowers, but also activities. Go-karting, rock climbing and paintball are just a fraction of all the action the park has to offer, most of which goes for 60RMB or less.

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2188 Beiyan Gong Lu

Where to stay

Hyatt Regency Chongming

Chongming is massive and it’s impossible to cover all the major sites in a single day. If you’re keen on getting the most out of your stint on the island, a weekend trip may be more your speed. Farther to the east of the island is the Hyatt Regency, which comes with a high price tag, but spacious and luxurious rooms. And it’s pet-friendly.

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Lane 799 Lanhai Road (Lanhai Lu) Chenjia TownOnline booking

Jinxiu Hotel

For a more modest (yet comfortable) stay, opt for Jinxiu Hotel.

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68 South Xinchong Road (Xinchong Nan Lu) Chengqiao Town (Chengqiao Zhen)Online booking

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