The best day trips from Shanghai

From yoga retreats to cultural jaunts, get out of Shanghai and explore


From yoga retreats to cultural jaunts and outdoor swims, we present six of the best days out which are no more than 90 minutes away from Shanghai. Click through our list below to find out more about each trip, how to get there and what to do when you arrive. Happy day tripping.

Yoga Summit
Yoga Retreat in Hangzhou
Break away from the West Lake trail with a Zen day at one of the prettiest and most serene places we've ever practised yoga. Afterwards take in the Qing-Dynasty style Cheng Huang Temple where the centre is housed and spend the day ambling through its tranquil hilltop forest. Read more

suzhou museumCulture in Suzhou
Skip Suzhou’s usual tourist trap gardens and canal tours and instead head for some more alternative areas of the city for a dose of culture. Read more

Jiaoshan Park
Island life in Zhenjiang
90 minutes away by train, Zhenjiang boasts the beautiful Jiaoshan Park, with a tranquil island in the middle of the Yangtze. Read more

Sheshan Sculpture Park
Sheshan Sculpture Park
Lounge on the picnic-perfect grassy areas, wander through the miniature wooded hill and sun yourself at this man-made beach in Songjiang district. Read more

Zixia Lake
Outdoor swimming in Nanjing
Trek to Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum on the pretty Purple Mountain and then cool down with a swim in nearby Zixia Lake. Read more

Shanghu Lake
Boating in Changshu
Ride Chinese gondolas through the bamboo-lined waterways of Changshu’s marshy nature reserve. Read more