Happy first of February everyone! How amazing that January has already flown by when 2017 is still so fresh in my mind? I just got back from an overnight trip with CA and BB, my Shanghai girlfriends, to Moganshan. Moganshan town was first created in 1898 by a group of foreigners looking for an escape from the heat of the Shanghai summers. Many foreigners and wealthy Shanghainese eventually spent entire summers up in these mountains during the 1920s and 1930s. Sprinkled throughout the mountainsides, you’ll find large colonial-style villas with tennis courts and the like.
Nowadays Moganshan is a weekend destination for many Chinese locals and expats alike. It is no longer a quiet or exclusive getaway and boasts many guest houses, restaurants and hotels for tourists. We definitely visited during the off-season as not all shops and restaurants were open and all the galleries and museums in town were closed.
Moganshan is a 3.5 hour drive from Shanghai and this year’s snowfall was the heaviest the area has experienced for over 10 years. Although the snow was beautiful, the locals didn’t have much in terms of snow-clearing equipment for the roads, hence we had to intrepidly trek the rest of the way to our accommodations.
We wanted to explore the area to see some of the old villas but they were much higher up in the mountains and with uncleared roads and summer tyres on the car, our wish was impossible this time round.
Even though we didn’t get to see what we went there for, we still loved the trip for the unexpected winter beauty and clear fresh air :o)