Mogan Mountain in Huzhou

Why is Mogan Mountain in Huzhou So Special?

Mogan Mountain has been listed as one of the ‘Four Best Summer Resorts in China’ along with Beidaihe Scenic Area, Mt. Lushan and Jigong Mountain. It is famous for its wild bamboo and dispersed villas of different styles and enthralling legends.

Introduction to Mogan Mountain (莫干山)

Mogan Mountain is in the centre of the Shanghai, Ningbo and Hangzhou, which is the National Scenic Area. At the same time, Mogan Mountain is Chinese famous for holiday leisure place and summer resort.

Mogan Mountain occupies an area of 43 square kilometers. it is not as majestic as Tai Mountain, not as Steep as Hua Mountain. But it has a variety of plants, clear and inexhaustible spring, and the charming scenery of the different seasons. So it is enjoying the reputation of “the Best Mountain in Jiangnan”.

Legend of Mogan Mountain

The endearing legend of Mogan Mountain is another attraction. It is said that in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) a couple named Gan Jiang and Mo Ye, who were expert sword makers, were asked by the king to make their best sword in three months. For the work they chose a spiritual place in the mountain. But they had problems during the process, so Mo Ye, the wife, cut her hair and nails and threw them into the furnace. Finally, they cast two swords and named them Gan Jiang and Mo Ye. The husband dedicated Sword Mo Ye to the king. The king killed him to prevent another sword to be made that would beat Sword Mo Ye. After hearing the tragic news, the wife jumped with Sword Gan Jiang into the pond that had been used to temper the swords. To commemorate the couple, the mountain was named Mogan and the pond Sword Pond. Because of the legend, the Sword Pond should not be missed by visitors.

Main Attractions of Mogan Mountain

Bamboos can be seen everywhere in Mogan Mountain. Lush fresh bamboo covers the whole mountain giving a tranquil atmosphere. Trees, bamboo, grasses and the mountain itself form a green ‘sea’ for visitors to appreciate. Hundreds of springs and waterfalls make this mountain the best place to escape the summer heat. As the saying goes ‘the morning is just like spring and the night is fall’, the average temperature of Mogan Mountain’s summer is only 24 °C (75°F). Cloud formations here are very special and changeable. Sometimes the clouds may looks like heaps of cotton, sometimes they may become ribbons wrapping the mountain. A splendid Cloud Sea can be seen regularly.

Villas hidden in the bamboo forest may surprise the visitors. More than two hundreds villas representing different styles, including European, American, Japanese, Russian, give the name ‘World Architecture Museum’ to Mogan Mountain. Gothic, Barroque or Rococo, northern and southern European, American and traditional Chinese architectures are scattered on the mountain. Most of the villas were built in the last century and were used by many famous people, such as the former leader of CCP Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, the former leader of Kuomintang Chiang Kai-shek, the former King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk and the former Chairman of Vietnam Ho Chi Minh. Now the previous residences are well preserved and open to visitors.

Best time to visit Zhejiang

Best season to visit Zhejiang: The best time to travel in Zhejiang is in spring and autumn, especially late March April, and September to October. In Spring, Zhejiang climate features cold with lots of rain; its coastal and offshore often appears high wind, the weather is extremely indefinite.

How to Get to Mogan Mountain

Travel with China Dragon Tours (top recommended)

If you want to get rid of hustle of transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers visiting, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you Mogan Mountain in Zhejiang with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on travel.

Independent Travel

  1. Take regular bus from Hanngzhou Centrual Bus Terminal to Deqing and then transfer minibus to Mogan Mountain.
  2. Take coach from Shanghai General Coach Station to Deqing directly, then transfer minibus to Mogan Mountain. The coach departs at 08:50 every day and cost about CNY 67.
  3. Take bus K588 from Wulinmen of Hangzhou to Wukang Town of Deqing and transfer minibus to reach Mogan Mountain. K588 bus is avalable from 07:00 to 19:30.

Useful Travel Tips

  1. Carry some of insect repellent in case of insects biting for there are many mosquitoes outside in the forest.
  2.  Visitors can also take train from other cities to reach Deqing first. Then they can take regular buses to reach the mountain. It costs around CNY 15 per person. Bus schedule is as below:
    Deqing Railway Station: 08:30, 13:00, 16:40 Mogan Mountain: 10:20, 14:50, 18:30
  3. Entrance Fee
    May 1 to 3, Jul. – Aug., Oct. 1 – 7: CNY 100;
    Dec. – Feb.: CNY 50; Other times: CNY 80.

Main Attractions in Zhejiang province

Edited by Bella Ren/任新月