8 lesser-known islands around the Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Shanghai regions that should not be missed for travel

8 hidden gem islands around Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Shanghai that you must not miss. These places offer picturesque and breathtaking scenery that will capture your heart at first sight.

Yushan Archipelago

Fish Mountain Island, Heaven on Earth and Monet's paintings. Here, there are blue seas and strange reefs, beautiful scenery, and the transparency of the sea water is over 10 meters. Standing on the reef, you can see various fish swimming freely in the water. Among the islands in the Fish Mountain archipelago, North Fish Mountain Island is small, only 0.5 square kilometers. Currently, there are three to four hundred people living here due to the abundance of freshwater resources. The first impression of Fish Mountain Island is the fresh air, which is refreshing. The azure sky and deep blue sea make the island even more beautiful. And if you are lucky, you may even see bioluminescent seas!

Huaao Island

Hua'Ao Island, a stunning sea stone forest. Located in the Sanmen Bay of Xiangshan County, Ningbo, closely connected to Taizhou City, and 12 nautical miles away from the national central fishing port - Shipu Port, Hua'Ao Island is named after its abundance of flowers and hills. The island boasts lush mountains and charming scenery, with 36 hills and 108 caves. Since the Southern and Northern Dynasties, it has been known as the "Seventy-Two Blessed Lands of the South Heaven" by Taoists. Today, Hua'Ao Island still maintains its original flavors and is filled with magical colors.

Goji Island

Gojira Island, a Greek paradise that captivates at first sight. It is a place where every village has a beach and every home has a sea view... The most popular beach on the island is Dawang Village, specifically Dawang Beach, which spans approximately 200 meters in length and 20 meters in width. Not only does it boast the most perfect coastline on Gojira Island, but it is also the reigning champion in terms of popularity. No visitor passes by without stopping to indulge in some fun. The highest point on Gojira Island is "Xiao Xi Tian," but it is generally inaccessible to ordinary people, not because the mountain is particularly tall, as its highest elevation is less than 200 meters.

Shengshan Island

Shengshan Island, a paradise for photographers. Shengshan Island is a favorite of photographers, many of whom go there every year to capture sunrise, sunset, and the returning fishermen. There is also delicious seafood and it is a great place to vacation in the summer. Two must-see attractions on Shengshan Island are the East Cliff and the fishing fires of Shengshan Fishing Harbor. There is also a famous rock formation called "Lover's Stone". The beach next to the Lover's Stone is a popular swimming spot for locals in the summer. Especially, the viral photos taken by photographer Qingjian Tu during his hiking trip to Shengsi Islands in Zhoushan, Zhejiang, including the deserted village in Houtuo Bay. The village is located on the east and due to harsh living conditions, villagers have gradually moved to the town on the west side of the island, leaving behind vine-covered fishing village stone houses.

Langshan Archipelago

Langang Island, a fishing paradise on the coast of the East China Sea. Due to its distance from Zhoushan Island, the Langang Mountain archipelago is typically reached by boat in 5-6 hours, making it suitable for fishing trips of two to three days. The main targets for fishing here are usually uncommon fish species such as black bream, red seabream, stone bream, and perch. The surrounding waters are also known for an abundance of scallops, seaweed, mackerel, oysters, yellow croaker, and seabream, making it one of the main fishing areas in Zhoushan.

Hua Niao Shan (Hua Niao Island)

Huaniao Island, an island with blooming flowers. Huaniao Island is located at the northernmost part of the Shengsi Archipelago, shaped like a seagull spreading its wings. It is named Huaniao Island because of the abundant flowers and plants on the island. Due to the perennial mist and fog surrounding the island, it is also known as Wudao Island. The most famous landscape on Huaniao Island is the Huaniao Lighthouse, the second largest lighthouse in Asia. When night falls, the lighthouse emits a bright white light, bringing hope and courage to lost ships. Huaniao Island also has attractions such as Tiger Cave, Cloud Cave, and Monkey Cave, which are must-visit scenic spots.

Mosquito Island

Dawen Island, a camping paradise with stunning starry skies. It is an uninhabited island in the Zhoushan Archipelago. It is said that Dawen Island has a large beach and a sweet freshwater well. Climbing up the small hill at the back to see the sea, the scenery is unbeatable. You can also pick sesame snails and cook delicious crab congee at night. It is also great for seawater fishing on the reef, and you may have unexpected gains. Don't forget to bring fishing gear if you enjoy fishing at sea.

Dalu Island Scenic Area

Dalu Island, a dreamlike journey to a mystical island forest. Dalu Island is located in the vast East China Sea, 6 nautical miles away from Yuhuan Kanmen Port. It is covered with greenery all year round, combining the beauty of mountains and the sea, like a vast expanse of emerald green waves. Legend has it that in ancient times, there was a divine deer in the heavens. It was cast into the East China Sea in the form of a deer-shaped island after stealing immortal fruit and dropping it on Earth, hence the name Dalu Island.

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