Moganshan Hilltop Resort


A blessed release from the suffocating summer torpor roasting north Zhejiang, this delightful hilltop resort (719m) was developed by 19th-century Europeans from Shanghai and Hangzhou during the concession era, in the style of Lúshān and Jīgōngshān in Hénán. Refreshingly cool in summer and sometimes smothered in spectral fog, Moganshan is famed for its scenic vistas, forested views, towering bamboo and stone villa architecture; there is visible wealthy privilege to this mountain-cool escape, lending it the nickname 'the Hamptons of China'.

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Nearby Zhejiang attractions

1. Chairman Mao's House


The house is empty and there's nothing to see. Mao reputedly spent the night here, but in fact he only had an afternoon nap.

2. Hangzhou Botanical Garden

28.96 MILES

With huge tracts of towering bamboo, flowering magnolias and other delightful plants and trees, these vast gardens make for lovely walks to the northwest…

3. Lingyin Temple

29.04 MILES

Hangzhou’s most famous Buddhist temple, Lingyin Temple was originally built in AD 326, but has been destroyed and rebuilt no fewer than 16 times. During…

4. Baoshi Hill

29.19 MILES

Baoshi Hill is one of the loveliest places in Hangzhou to take a hike. Numerous well-kept paths wind through the forest, taking you up steep slopes and…

5. Ziyun Cave

29.22 MILES

A 100m deep cave located on the slopes of Baoshi Hill. There are three stone Buddha statues on the wall.

6. Sunrise Terrace

29.24 MILES

Vantage point on Baoshi Hill with a pavilion. The balcony here is a mere 125m high, offering not-so-lofty-views of West Lake.

7. Baochu Pagoda

29.31 MILES

Visiting this charming pagoda overlooking West Lake makes for a lovely walk in the hills north of the lake.

8. Baopu Taoist Temple

29.36 MILES

In the forested hills above West Lake, reachable by a pleasant hike, is the striking tiled-roof, yellow-walled Baopu Taoist Temple. The temple’s first…