8 recommended short-distance self-driving destinations around Shanghai for spontaneous trips

Weekend and holidays are here, besides adjusting the fatigue from work at home, are you ready for a spontaneous short trip? Or are you unsure where to go for fun? Here, Little Y has prepared a carefully crafted Shanghai surrounding travel guide, which might just hit the spot for you.

Mount Putuo

" There are immortal mountains in the sea, the mountains are in the realm of emptiness." Mount Putuo, along with Mount Wutai in Shanxi, Mount Emei in Sichuan, and Mount Jiuhua in Anhui, is known as one of the four famous Buddhist mountains in China, and is acclaimed as the "first pure land in the human world." Mount Putuo is the most famous and miraculous Guanyin pilgrimage site in the country. During the Spring Festival, people from all over the country gather here to pray for their family and themselves. When it snows, the red walls, white tiles, and surrounding tall and straight pines and cypresses make for a beautiful sight. Watching the sea and enjoying the snow while paying respects to Guanyin is the most worthwhile experience.

Pan'an Dapan Mountain

Dapan Mountain is a secluded paradise for scholars to retreat in ancient times. The mountains in Pan'an are mostly steep on the edges, with wide and gentle peaks like platforms. Streams flow through the mountains, with continuous canyons and groups of waterfalls and pools, abundant fish and shrimp. The scenic areas are mostly named after streams. The local farmers at the foot of the mountain are hospitable, and the delicious farm dishes have a unique taste. The homemade rice wine brewed by the villagers is also very fragrant, and there is also a primitive wine cellar in the village for visitors to visit. In addition to enjoying the scenery, local specialties such as Pan'an Xiaoye Bitter Tea, free-range chicken eggs, and shiitake mushrooms are also worth trying.

Clouds and terraced fields

Cloud and Terraced Fields, built on a high mountain at an altitude of kilometers, are known as "the most beautiful terraced fields in China." Since the Tang Dynasty, farmers have been cultivating here, and over a thousand years, it has gradually formed the largest terraced landscape in East China. The misty morning is the best time to admire the terraced fields. The layered terraces are dyed golden, like a dream. Cloud and Terraced Fields have different charms in each season, but the winter scenery of the terraced fields, covered in silver and dressed in snow, is the most enchanting. The sea of clouds, mist, and ever-changing scenery always bring different surprises, so this place has become a pilgrimage site for photography enthusiasts every winter.
Ancient Ankang Town is one of the famous Four Ancient Towns in Shaoxing. It is surrounded by water, with a simple and elegant charm, inheriting the typical characteristics of the Jiangnan water towns. You must have a look at the water wedding with the charm of a water town. This is the hometown of Shaoxing's famous poet and official, and the whole city becomes extraordinarily beautiful in winter. The snow-covered Lanting Pavilion and Shen Garden are great places for poetry and painting; sitting on a black-covered boat in Donghu Lake, watching snowflakes dancing in the air; strolling on Cangqiao Direct Street and Baziqiao to admire the elegant Shaoxing ancient city dressed in white.

West Lake in Hangzhou

Winter West Lake, distant mountains and bridges reflected, taking people back to the era of Xu Xian and Bai Niangzi, giving a sense of desolation. As the Broken Bridge faces the city and the mountains, it is located at the water divide between the Outer Lake and the North Inner Lake, offering a wide panorama and the best place to admire the winter scenery of West Lake. When the snow clears after a snowfall, standing on Baoshi Mountain and looking out, the sunny side of the bridge has melted the ice and snow, giving the impression of a "broken bridge in the snow". However, the shady side of the bridge is still covered in glistening white snow, hence when looking from the shady side, it appears as a "bridge not broken". Such a beautiful and poetic scenery can only be found in West Lake!

Qian Deng Town in Kunshan

Qian Deng Town is a part of Kunshan City and has a history of over 2500 years. It still retains the chessboard-style layout of "water and land parallel" and "river street adjacent" as well as the quaint style of "little bridges, flowing water, and houses". The stone street, known as the "unmatched beauty of Jiangnan", was built in the Southern Song Dynasty and further repaired and extended in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is the longest and most intact stone street in Jiangsu Province. Would you like to experience the feeling of "walking on the green stone slabs, with a line of sky above" in the winter sun?

Zhenjiang Xijin Ferry

Without visiting Xijindu, you cannot claim to have been to Zhenjiang. Xijindu Ancient Street is the essence of Zhenjiang's historical and cultural heritage. Walking along this old street, you can "see a thousand years at a glance." Xijindu at night is even more beautiful, and it's not crowded. If you also enjoy exploring ancient streets and alleys, walking on the small paths paved with bluestones, quietly searching for the nostalgic atmosphere hidden beneath every brick and tile on a winter afternoon,

Yangzhou Zhuyu Bay

Zhuyu Bay is the gateway for the ancient canal to enter the downtown area of Yangzhou from the north. Emperor Sui Yangdi visited Yangzhou three times, while Emperor Kangxi and Emperor Qianlong made six southward tours, all passing through here. In the snowy winter, climbing Meihua Mountain in Zhuyu Bay, stepping on snow and appreciating plum blossoms can dispel the cold and create a sense of longing. Besides winter, Zhuyu Bay also offers beautiful peonies and azaleas in spring, shady walks to escape the summer heat, fragrant osmanthus and red maple in autumn. Throughout the year, it offers the most abundant and beautiful scenery of nature.

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