Chongming Island Travel Tips

On August 18, 2011, in Islands, Places of Interest, Shanghai, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Situated in the mouth of Changjiang River, Chongming Island is the third largest island of China.  It is acknowledged as the portal of Changjiang River and Yingzhou in East Sea. Known as one of the biggest alluvial islands and sands land in the world, it is also a fertile land of rice, fish and unique […]

Situated in the mouth of Changjiang River, Chongming Island is the third largest island of China.  It is acknowledged as the portal of Changjiang River and Yingzhou in East Sea. Known as one of the biggest alluvial islands and sands land in the world, it is also a fertile land of rice, fish and unique plants.

Best Time to Visit Chongming Island

Belonging to semi tropics oceanic monsoon climate, each Chongming Island’s season has its own characteristic.  Influenced by the warm and wet climate, the best time to visit Chongming Island is from May to November.  Though throughout June and July there is plenty of rainfalls, June and August are hot periods. From May to November, fresh air, luxuriant flowers and trees are all over the Island.

Chongming Island Best Routes

If you are on a one day trip in Chongming Island, first of all, you cannot miss the bird and sunrise watching.  The best place for bird watching is Dongtan Migratory Birds Natural Reserve.  Go there in the early morning. At the same time, you can appreciate the sunrise at the East Sea. Another activity is stars watching.  Because of the fresh air and light pollution, watching moon and stars on the sky above Chongming Island is a nice and romantic form of leisure.  Finally, you can visit the farm house, where you can experience the customs and taste local specialties.

Chongming Island Tickets

Entrance ticket is free.

Jinshan park (opening time:8:30—16:30):5 RMB/person.

Dongping National Forest Park (opening time: 8:30——16:30):40RMB/person.

Qianwei Ecological Village (opening time: 8:30——17:00):25RMB/person.

Shou’an Temple (opening time: 7:00——16:00): 4RMB/person.

Chongming Xuegong (opening time: 8:00——16:00; Monday is closed):10RMB/person.

How to Get to Chongming Island

Because Chongming Island is developed as a scenic spot, there are many passenger ships and some speed hydrofoils on the way from Shanghai to Baoyang Wharf.

Self—drive: Shidong Wharf is a ferry for person and cars.  You can cross the river with your car to Nanmen Wharf if your intention is travelling.  It will take you 1h and 15mins.  The charging is according to the cars’ weights.  For example, a Santana will cost you 50RMB.  Take you license and putting on much closes in case you cannot buy the inside ticket.

By bus:

Take travel line5: Eight Thousand Stadium——People Square——Jiangwan Town ——Baoyang Road Wharf.

Take Shenchong line: Zhongshan North Road——Shidong Wharf——Dongping National Forest Park.

Take bus line 51: Laobei station——Wusong Wharf or Baoyang Wharf.

Chongming Yangtze Bridge

On August 18, 2011, in Modern Architecture, Shanghai, Yangtze River, by Jack Li

Invested in ten billion, Chongming Yangtze Bridge will be used more than 100 years according to the estimation.  Up to now, the great construction has created a lot of records in the world and China.  To satisfy the need of navigation, the bridge’s main span has a diameter of 730m, surpassing all the bridges built […]

Invested in ten billion, Chongming Yangtze Bridge will be used more than 100 years according to the estimation.  Up to now, the great construction has created a lot of records in the world and China.  To satisfy the need of navigation, the bridge’s main span has a diameter of 730m, surpassing all the bridges built in Shanghai before.  Moreover, it is ranked as NO.5 largest span in the world.   Judging from correlative introduction, the span can meet two huge freighters to opposite directions voyaging across the bridge at the same time.  The 16.5m long bridge is designed as a cable stayed bridge.  Different from the Yangpu Bridge and Xupu Bridge, the shape of Chongming Yangtze Bridge resembles a Chinese word ——people.  Striding over the river’s loin, the bridge is called as the NO.1 Bridge of Yangtze Portal.  It is also developed as an attraction depending on its picturesque scenery.  The whole project was completed in October 31st, 2009.  Seen from distant place, the Bridge looks like a coloured ribbon on the lake surface, connecting Chongming Island and Changxing Island.

Chongming Island

Dongping National Forest Park

On August 17, 2011, in Nature Scenery, Parks & Gardens, Places of Interest, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Dongping National Forest Park is situated in the mid-northern part of the Chongming Island. It is 12 kilometers far from the county (Nanmen Harbor). Its total area is 5400 acres. It is the largest man-made plateau forest. The park used to be the Dongping tree farm. The national leaders like Jiang Zheming, Zhu Rongji, Wen […]

Dongping National Forest Park is situated in the mid-northern part of the Chongming Island. It is 12 kilometers far from the county (Nanmen Harbor). Its total area is 5400 acres. It is the largest man-made plateau forest. The park used to be the Dongping tree farm. The national leaders like Jiang Zheming, Zhu Rongji, Wen Jiabao, Wu Bangguo and Huang Jv had visited this place. There is lush forest, beautiful lake, singing birds in the park. You could experience a lot of fun. The features of the park are ‘serene, quiet, beautiful and wild’. This attraction brings you back to nature. It is a forest, conference centre, as well as recreation and holiday spot. The main tour service facilities are the multi-function recreation center which resembles crab house, Water Park over 500 square meters large, Chongming forest restaurant provides Chongming local dishes, tents and hammocks for camping, natural swimming pool over 20,000 square meters, and camp base for teenagers. In the park, you will never feel bored. There are many activities, e.g. grass skiing, rock climbing, golf, tennis, beach volleyball, strop, paintball, riding horses, driving karts, BBQ, and sunbathing. The park cottages will make you feel at home. And you might have a chance to meet football stars, as Xu Gengbao Football Training Base is here. You could watch the daily training of the upcoming football players. Besides, there are many flower gardens in the park. When spring comes, all flowers bloom, you may feel like that you are entering a fairyland. The Dongping National Forest Park is looking forward to welcoming everyone who loves the nature.

Chongming Island

Mingzhu Lake

On August 17, 2011, in Lakes, Places of Interest, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Mingzhu Lake is a place with crystal clear water, elegant environment and picturesque scenery.  Its environment was classified as first class, according to the government’s tests. Its water quality reaches the second—class in China.  With a length of 3500m length, width of 500-700m and depth of -7 to 8m, the lake can compare with the […]

Mingzhu Lake is a place with crystal clear water, elegant environment and picturesque scenery.  Its environment was classified as first class, according to the government’s tests. Its water quality reaches the second—class in China.  With a length of 3500m length, width of 500-700m and depth of -7 to 8m, the lake can compare with the grand West Lake in Hangzhou.  Covering an area of 10 thousand sq m, the lake’s beauty is enhanced by the orange orchard, located on the west side of the lake.  The limpid water provides a good breeding place for various large and wild fish such as top—mouth fish, seven—star weever and more.  The most famous species of the lake is Elopichthys bambusa; it is said that one Elopichthys bambusa can eat a whole duck.  Moreover, a forest, covering an area of 2500sqm surrounds the lake.   On the fertile land cinnamomum camphora, Magnolia grandiflora and other treasure plants grow. Over 70 species of birds are attracted by the dense drainage networks, luxuriant forest and wild plants, including herring gulls, herons and more.   Walking along the seemingly endless paths, listening to birds’ singing, enjoying the smell of sea, travelling on the island is an amazing experience of nature.

Chongming Island

Xisha Wetland Park

The main geological relics and sceneries of Xisha Wetland Park are ‘the geological relic of delta mudflat’, ‘the geological relic of wetland landform’, and the plants, birds and animals of wetland. In total, there are two categories and seventeen typical geological relics. The park presents the geological sceneries of the largest delta island in the […]

The main geological relics and sceneries of Xisha Wetland Park are ‘the geological relic of delta mudflat’, ‘the geological relic of wetland landform’, and the plants, birds and animals of wetland. In total, there are two categories and seventeen typical geological relics. The park presents the geological sceneries of the largest delta island in the world and the ecological civilization living in harmony with nature. From last September, Xisha Wetland began to ecologically import birds, carry out the diversity planting and purifying water treatments. Through these measures, the park tried to build a multi-function wetland ecological demonstration zone which combined the functions of education, research, recreation and holiday. Xisha Wetkand is different from Dongtan Wetland. It heavily depends on tides. Without tides, Xisha Wetland wouldn’t exist. A cycle of tide needs 12 hours and 24 minutes. The various landforms of the wetland are formed by tide, such as lake, mudbank, river and marsh, and it is inhabited by various kinds of animals in the wetland, like migratory birds and crabs, brought by the tide. Besides, in order to make tourists feel closer to the nature, the management of the wetland built a 2 kilometers long wooden bridge that allow people travel around marsh. People who worked there said Dongtan Wetland is the best spot for watching sunrise and sunset is in Xisha Wetland.

Chongming Island

Chongming Island

On August 17, 2011, in Islands, Places of Interest, Shanghai, Yangtze River, by Jack Li

It took over 1300 years for the two sandbanks in the mouth of the Yangtze River to develop into the third largest island of China — Chongming Island. So far it is also the largest sand island lying in the river delta. Three sides of the island face the river. The southeastern shore of the […]

It took over 1300 years for the two sandbanks in the mouth of the Yangtze River to develop into the third largest island of China — Chongming Island. So far it is also the largest sand island lying in the river delta. Three sides of the island face the river. The southeastern shore of the island faces the East China Sea; from the west and south of the island you could see Changshu, Taicang in Jiangshu, and the Jiading, Baoshan, Chuansha, Nanhui counties in Shanghai; the east and north of the island are next to Qidong, Haimen in Jiangshu. The island is 76 kilometers long and 13~18 kilometers wide. The shape of the island resembles silkworm. The total area of the island is 1064 square kilometers (according to the survey carried out in 1981, including the 22 square kilometers of Yonglongsha). About 817 square kilometers belong to the Chongming County. The eastern and western ends of the island are extending at a pace of 143 meters every year. In the years AD 618~626 (during the reign of Wude Emperor in Tang Dynasty) in the southern water of the Dongbu sandbank, two sandbanks appeared. The distance between the two sandbanks is over 70 kilometers, and they were named Dongsha and Xisha (also known as Gujunsha). The two sandbanks are the predecessors of Chongming Island. The water around Chongming is clean, and the light breeze is blowing. The beauty of nature exists in every corner of the island. As early as in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the eight scenic spots of Yingzhou in the island had already been very famous. Nowadays the sceneries of the island are even more beautiful. The 200 kilometers long dyke is surrounded by the island. As the dyke is full of trees, it resembles a green dragon lying in the mouth of Yangtz River. And in the morning you can appreciate the gorgeous sunrise of the China East Sea in the eastern part of the dyke; at dusk, standing at the western part of the dyke, you can see the sunset and listen to the songs sung by the fishmen coming back from the sea. The island also has many historical relics and cultural sceneries. For example, the Yingzhou Park facing the river, Dan Garden in Chengqiao Town, Jinqo Mountain, Shouan Temple, Confucian Temple, the Grave of Tang Yicheng, the ancient war site of Zheng Chenggong battle against the Qing army, as well as the largest man-made forest in Eastern China – Dongping Forest. There are three features unique to Chongming Island, first one being the large number of crabs. You can find crabs everywhere in the mudbanks of Chongming island. Therefore Chongming Island is also known as the ‘Crab Island’. The second feature is the reed forest on the beach. It is called as ‘the green Great Wall’ of the island. The last feature is that the shape of the island keeps changing constantly. It is not like the stone islands, which retain their shape for thousands of years.

Chongming Island Attractions    

Chongming Yangtze River Bridge

Dongping National Forest Park

Xisha Wetland Park

Mingzhu Lake (Pearl Lake)

Chongming Island Story

1.   The Origin of Chongming Island

The origin of the island comes from a legend. In the last years of East-Jin Dynasty, the peasant uprising of Sunen failed. Some bamboo rafts of the uprising drifted to the mouth of Yangtze River near the East China Sea. The bamboo rafts grounded because of the mud near banks. These rafts stopped the mud flowing to the sea. As the time passed, a sandbank was formed. With the rise and fall of the tide, the sandbank often disappeared under water. It gave people a feeling of mystery. Someone thought it looked like a monster; someone thought it looked like an immortal. Therefore it got the name ‘Suiming’ (Sui meaning furtive, Ming meaning obvious and bright). Afterwards more and more mud piled here, the sandbank became tall and large and totally above the water. It finally could be called an island. The tide could no longer affect it. In order to show respect to the large island, people changed its name into ‘Chongming’ (Chong meaning respect).

2.   Yingzhou in East Sea 

Chongming Island has another beautiful ancient name called ‘Yingzhou in East Sea’. It was said that there was a Yingzhou in the ancient East Sea where immortals lived. However, nobody knew where it was. First Emperor of Qin (Qin Shi Huang) and Emperor Wu of Western Han had sent people to search for it with no result. When it came to Ming Dynasty, Emperor Zhuyuanzhang bestowed the title of ‘ Yingzhou in East Sea’ upon Chongming Island. Since then, Chongming Island had the good name as ancient Yingzhou.

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