Located in Deqing County of Huzhou City in northeastern Zhejiang Province; Mogan Mountain has been listed as one of the 'Four Best Summer Resorts in China' along with Beidaihe Scenic Spot, Mt. Lushanand Jigong Mountain. Covering an area of 43 sq kilometers (about 10,625 acres) and with an average altitude of 500 meters (1,640 ft), Mogan Mountain is famous for its wild bamboo and dispersed villas of different styles and enthralling legends.
Legend has it that this is the place where Moye and his wife Ganjiang cast their famous swords. The elevation of the highest peak Tower Hill in the mountain range is 758 meters above sea level. The scenery is very beautiful and it is reputed as the Elegant and Beautiful Resort in the Sun. Mogan Mountain is famous for its four features (coolness, grassiness, clearness and tranquility) and three peculiarities (bamboos, spring water and clouds), and it is reputed as the Cool and Refreshing World and the No. 1 Mountain to the South of the Lower Reaches of the Yangtze River. It is therefore called one of the four best summer resorts in China (the other three summer resorts are Lushan Mountain, Beidai River and Jigong Mountain). It is 60 kilometers away from the southeastern city of Hangzhou and 200 kilometers away from the northeastern city of Shanghai. Its temperature is 6-7°C lower than those of Shanghai City and Hangzhou City. Mogan Mountain has a development history of more than 2,000 years. Its natural landscape is particular. With thriving bamboos, towering Japanese firs and Song-Dynasty maidenhair trees, the springs and waterfalls here and there, vegetation covers about 92% of the surface of Mogan Mountain.
The climate of Mogan Mountain has plenty of rain and mist, and the fog after rain is particularly wonderful and beautiful: the part below the mountainside is wrapped in cloud and mist, the top of the Tower Hill is floating on the cloud, just like the island in the sea or the castle in the air. The central scenic spots of Mogan Mountain include the Tower Hill, Zhonghua Hill, Jinjia Hill, Wuji Hill, Mogan Hill and Paotai Hill, etc. Visitors can appreciate not only the sunrise and the sea of clouds, but also the waterfalls and the clear springs. The human culture and the landscape of Mogan Mountain are rich and colorful, and it was once known as the Watery Region and Buddhist Kingdom during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
there are more than two hundred villas hidden in the bamboo forest. They were built in different styles, including European, American, Japanese and Russian. Therefore, it was given the name “World Architecture Museum”. Architectures of Gothic, Baroque or Rococo, northern and southern European, American and traditional Chinese styles were scattered on the mountain. You not only can appreciate the natural sceneries, but also the humanist ones when you visit Mogan Mountain.
Today, Moganshan is still a great place to get away from the city and for relaxation. It has been a popular refuge from Nanjing, Hangzhou and Shanghai summers with its bamboo forests and breezy mountain top. Some parts of the mountain are packed with tourists, but much of the mountain is practically deserted. It's ideal for hiking and enjoying the nature.
How to Get There: If you are in Hangzhou, you can take a direct coach to Mogan Mountain at the North Bus Station. The journey takes about one hour. If you are in Shanghai, you can take a train to Hangzhou first, or take a coach to Huzhou from the Old North Bus Station or the New Passenger Station. With a total journey time of two to three hours, you can get off at Mogan Mountain Stop.