Add:2288 Beiyan Highway
Time:Mon-Fri: 8:10am-4:30pm; Sat-Sun: 8:10am-5pm
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Take a 50-minute boat ride and experience a bit of magic - downtown Shanghai disappears into the mist while a green island emerges - Chongming. The island is just beyond the city's sprawl - but still within the city limits. On the center of the island lies the Dongping National Forest Park.
Billing itself as being "the largest man-made forest in eastern China," the park in many ways is less a nature park than an amusement park. Rock climbing, rides, go-carts and horse riding are just a few of the activities on offer.
Thankfully, though, at 358 hectares, Dongping is large enough to provide an escape from all these activities, which are concentrated on the eastern side. Varieties of birds and winding paths lead deep into the brooding mountains and tempt visitors to linger. A 10-minute walk west from the main entrance will carry you into a lovely land with abundant trees, bamboo groves, flowers, grass and orchards.
The national forest park includes 20 hectares of flowers and plant nurseries, where you can find more than 500 species of trees and flowers.
The air is clean and fresh, and climate is pleasant during the period from March to November.
Camping is allowed overnight but campers must enter the park before 4:30pm.
The BBQ area in the park is one of the most popular and can accommodate as many as 200 people. Grills can be rented and ingredients can be purchased on the spot.
Admission: 70 yuan