Chongming island offers park/camping outside Shanghai


Today we visited the Dong Ping national park just outside of Shanghai. I’m sure this island will be the next hot spot for Shanghai (and China) travelers and company outings; Why? It’s green, featured great (clean) facilities and we received friendly service for a good price. A quiet forest with lakes, but also activities like rock climbing, gocarts racing, BBQ, horse riding etc. and camping area’s. We spent our day walking around the park. It’s not all peaches and cream, don’t expect offroad tracks (I did), it’s all asphalt route, besides this, the project manager made sure that the visitors know their Chinese sing alongs, but more about that, first the location:

How we got there: We took the traditional ferry from Wusong Port in the early morning (accesable by Metro). you don’t have to buy a ticket in advance. There are two ferry’s going there (well today), one at 7 and one at 8:10. We took the one at 7 and were at the Chong Ming park one hour later. Address of the port: No.100, Songpu Road, Baoshan District (021-56671202), or see the map below. Bus However, these days the island is also available through a bridge just outside Shanghai. But we wanted to take the ferry as we were traveling light. Total duration about one hour. We took the bus back at the end of the day and spent about 1.5 hours, but ended up in the center at the Shanghai Circus. We were a bit shocked of the 70 RMB entrance price. Wasn’t sure to expect a funpark or a national park. Upon entrance of the park, we saw loads of Chinese renting bikes, which all rode off to the actual funpark (o really?!) which was just a few km away. We decided to walk instead and try to avoid all the hectic (which was the point of going there in the first place). We stumbled upon a teahouse where we basically spent the morning trying tea and enjoying the sun, which just started to break through. After that, we got a bit hungry so we wondered off again. Oh, I mentioned the music right? The project manager indeed made sure that people can sing along with today’s popsongs. Every few meters there is a speaker featuring the tunes. At one point there were game sounds and explosions. After about 2km, I smelled the hint of meat being roasted. Unaware of this, I told Suna it would be awesome to do a barbecue that day, but I honestly I didn’t expect the serviced barbecue in the park. It was well done, area’s for camping (20rmb for 1 tent) and chalet style houses where we could rent a barbecue and buy some meat. We kicked back with a beer and watched Chinese schoolkids play games in the grass.
At the teahouse drinking tea and relaxing in the sun. Serviced barbecue. Rent a BBQ for 30 rmb and order the meat on location.

16 thoughts on “Chongming island offers park/camping outside Shanghai

  1. Hallo an euch alle , lesen jetzt dieses Blog arbeiten in diesem Blog und wie genießen Sie geben gute Informationen mit große Informationen !
    Gongratulation , Good Night und auch frohe Weihnachten und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr 2011! Ich entschuldige mich für meine bad Deutsch!

    • Unhappy Camper

      Not just disturbing. Very upsetting. I went there to try a new tent after researching some places close by (I live in Shanghai) i could camp (hence i came across your blog). In theory, I didn’t need to ask anyone as i had paid the entrance fee and didn’t need to rent a tent, but I popped into the camping office out of courtesy to see if i could camp just anywhere or did i need to stick to certain places. I speak a little Chinese so was shocked when the lady said that foreigners are not allowed to camp there at all. So shocked i couldn’t believe my ears so i had my Chinese friend call them to double check. The lady behind the counter explained to my Chinese friend that ‘foreigners are not the same as Chinese, it’s not safe for foreigners so the police have banned foreigners from camping there’ Something about if there is a problem they don’t have the facilities or language skills to deal with foreigners. I videoed the conversation because i was so shocked at what i was hearing and because i was being turned away for being a foreigner. I had just returned from a high-altitutude backpacking trip in Sichuan, have top of the line camping equipment and navigation tools, and I was being sent away from a campsite where families with small children sleep in supermarket bought tents at a place which is probably smaller than some Shanghai housing compounds. I couldn’t even get my money back for my ticket. In their defence, i think it is allowed if you’re with Chinese people.

    • Unhappy Camper

      I’ve checked and even if you are with Chinese people, you are not allowed to camp there if you are a foreigner. No foreigners are allowed to camp there! A school group turned up recently with a mix of Chinese and foreign kids and staff. All foreign kids and staff were told to leave but all the Chinese kids and staff were allowed to stay. How sad!

  2. An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

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