Summer is officially here and even though the pollution and weather has drastically improved in Shanghai, we know you still crave an escape. If you and the fam don’t have time to travel to places like Thailand and Vietnam, here are some fun weekend getaways that will offer a change of scenery from Shanghai’s concrete jungle. Best of all, these places are just a short drive or train ride away.
About Dishui Lake
Completed in October 2013, Dishui Lake is the largest artificial fresh water lake in China, and is also the landmark project of Nanhui New City in the Pudong New Area. The circular lake is located at the center of the 277-square-kilometer area, and is meant to resemble a water droplet falling from the sky.
Three small islands are built in the middle of Dishui Lake, each with its own distinct theme catering to the different interests of your family. The North Island – the largest – is dedicated to leisure and entertainment. Families who enjoy adventure sports such as sailing, kayaking and windsurfing should head to the South Island, where they’ll find the Dishui Lake Water Sports Club. And a host of accommodation options are available on the West Island.
What to see
Binhai Forest Park
Occupying 3.6 square kilometers, this manmade forest park is designed to simulate the natural habitat of a forest. About 75 percent of the ground is covered by trees (the rest by water), and a world-class golf course is located right next to the park if parents are looking for a day to themselves.
Dishui Lake Barbecue Camping Base
Located a short walk away from the Crown Plaza Harbour City hotel, this barbecue camping base offers a cheaper alternative (both for dining and accommodation) for tight budgets. Gather family friends on a sunny weekend and head to the western wide of the lake for this spacious camping ground with fresh ingredients available on site.
Set at the southeastern tip of Shanghai, this park’s centerpiece is a 13-meter-tall, 48-meter-long stainless steel ‘compass fish’ sculpture, which is considered one of the most iconic structures in the New Nanhui City area. The sculpture signifies China’s endeavors in maritime science throughout history. With lots of room to run around, this park makes a great area to play games with the family or have a picnic.
Take Metro line 16 to Dishui Lake Station (the terminal station); a ride from downtown Shanghai takes around 1.5-2 hours. You can also drive to Dishui Lake from the city center in a little over an hour.
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