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Get Away to Green

May 25, 2015
Chenshan Botanical Gardens

In the urban jungle that is Shanghai it’s easy to feel lost in a forest of skyscrapers, but if you find yourself craving green – and you’ve got time to stop and smell the roses – away to the city’s sprawling Chenshan Botanical Gardens.

Located in the district of Songjiang in what was once no more than an abandoned quarry, the verdant space covers a mind-boggling 200 hectares (over 2 million square metres), and today boasts more than 9,000 botanical species. 

Designed by the award-winning German landscaping firm Valentien + Valentien, and consisting of a multitude of 26 distinct themed gardens, this is not your bog-standard walk in the park...

Wander along rugged rock walls to see the impressive waterfall, or traverse the many floating walkways and tunnels. For a picturesque perspective, romantics should skip over to the lakes and rent a row-boat, or motorboats are available for those hoping to make a speedier escape.

The greenhouses are worth a visit, categorised into types such as Succulent, Tropical and Flower, or for a gander your nostrils will enjoy, beeline for the one and a half hectares of rose gardens. Just be sure to BYO picnic, the in-park caffs are a tad naff.

3888 Chenhua Lu / Songjiang / +86 21 3779 2288 / 8.30am-4pm daily /