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Mogan Mountain

Accolades

  • Mount Mogan is a part of Moganshan National Park
  • Natural getaway near Hangzhou
  • There are European and American-style villas and houses left by missionaries and other foreigners. Some are quite large and are well made of stone
  • Some have been turned into guesthouses
  • A villa of Chang Kaishek who was the former leader of the Republic of China can be visited
  • Hiking trails -- both cut paths and paved paths to wander around in
  • Interesting rock formations, ponds, and old architecture to see
  • It is known for cooler summer temperatures and bamboo groves
Admission Fee:CNY 80

Introduction

If you are having a Hangzhou package tour,our Hangzhou travel guide will introduce you to see the Mogan Mountain,which is one of the Hangzhou tourist attractions,thus giving you a complete sightseeing in Hangzhou.
Located in Deqing County of Huzhou City in northeastern Zhejiang Province; Mogan Mountain has been listed as one of the 'Four Best Summer Resorts in China' along with Beidaihe Scenic Spot, Mt. Lushan and Jigong Mountain. Covering an area of 43 sq kilometers (about 10,625 acres) and with an average altitude of 500 meters (1,640 ft), Mogan Mountain is famous for its wild bamboo and dispersed villas of different styles and enthralling legends.

History

Foreigners built the villas and houses mainly to be a summer retreat during the hot months of the summer. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, southern China wasn't a healthy place to be, so foreigners living in the large International Settlement region of Shanghai and in other places tried to find cooler and safer places to live during the hot summer months when plagues were common. Missionaries began bringing their families first in the late 1800s. Then business people and other foreigners moved in. They bought land, and the foreigners set up a government along the lines of the International Settlement. The area became a favorite summer retreat for foreign kids, and there was a swimming pool and a tennis court. Meeting halls and churches were built too. It became a town for influential people and their families, and thousands of foreigners would go there in the summers.

After WWII, Chiang Kai Shek had a villa there that you can still see. Then top government officials and Communist officials from other countries such as Ho Chi Minh took over the villas. So the area has long been one of the country's favorite summer resorts.

Features

Moganshan (or Mount Mogan) National Park consists of a mountain that has three peaks and some foothills. It is considered among the top resort places in China. It is best known as a hiking and resting area with guesthouses where people can rent rooms in well-built Western-style buildings. The buildings were built when the area was as a foreigner enclave before 1948. The area is dotted with European-style villas that have been turned into guesthouses. The best thing for foreigners is that there are pine and bamboo forests and interesting natural features like rock formations that you can hike to see along both Chinese-style paved footpaths and stairs and dirt paths cut through the vegetation. A paved path goes to the top where you can see the Valley of Anji. There are also other places you can hike to in the park.

The peak is called Ta Shan, and it is 724 meters high or 2,375 feet high. This isn't very high, but you can hike to the top along a paved path. You can also hike to a waterfall and a pond called the Sword Pond. You can walk around looking at houses and villas made of stone. Some of them are big. You might be able to identify various architectural styles such as British, French and American. Some look like European chalets. A favorite natural highlight is a strange rock formation that some people say is weird. Its Chinese name is Guai Shi Jiao (weird rock corner). People can walk to it by walking along the ridge. There are views of green hills there.

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