If you fancy a short break from the thriving metropolis of Shanghai, then head to Shengsi Islands. Comprising about 394 islands, Shengsi Islands guarantees tons of island-style fun, including water activities, nature trails and spectacular beachside views.
How to get there
Shengsi can be accessed by road via the sea bridge to Shengjiawan Port located in the Yangshan area. If you are based at one of the many holiday apartments in Shanghai, the likes of Somerset Gubei Shanghai, Shengsi is about 2-3 hours away. Shengsi Islands comprises a few scenic areas ideal for tourists, but these can only be accessed by ferry.
Sijiao Island is the biggest and top-visited island in the Shengsi archipelago. The island boasts a plethora of sandy beach strips, including Jihu Beach, Nanchangtu and Liujingtan. Head to Liujingtan Beach’s natural scenic spot atop cliffs for stunning ocean views. Enjoy a good hike up Dabei Mountain if time permits.
The 2nd largest island in Shengsi, Gouqi Island, derives its name from the abundance of Chinese wolfberries (gouqi) found on the island. The island’s rural, laidback vibe promises a tranquil, secluded beach experience. Take a stroll along Dawan Village’s beach or cycle on the Rainbow Highway.
Shengshan Island is famed as being the home of Houtouwan, also known as the ‘wizard of oz’ village. This abandoned village features an array of empty rock houses covered in vines and shrubs of all kinds.