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Go Island Hopping At This Chinese Weekend Getaway Spot

Posted by Emily Cummings on 1/5/18 1:33 PM

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Ever wanted to see 1,000 floating lakes? Sounds like something that you can only see in Thailand, but any ILP China volunteers can definitely make this dreamy weekend getaway a reality.

Great news. We’ve got another rad place for anyone living in China for a semester to check out. I mean, we’re also a little sorry — we know you already have a tough time deciding between cool ILP vacations in Beijing, Guilin, the dreamy Avatar Mountains … and a few dozen other spots but this place is worth a mention.

Can’t really picture yourself actually living in a foreign country? Here’s what a typical day in China looks like for an ILP volunteer.

If you’re already headed to Shanghai, there is a park that sports  gorgeous sunsets, dense forests complete with monkeys, more than a few hiking trails and 1,000 islands. Here’s what you need to know about..


  • Where Is It?
  • What Should I Do There?
  • How To Get There

Where Is It? 

Quindaohu is just a couple hours away from Shanghai, so it’s a good option if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Quindaohu itself is a dense forest that sports a lake full of over 1,000 islands (sorta like a national park). It’s actually one of the largest forest parks in China (and is super pretty). This is good news for volunteers living nearby Shanghai — you can easily head here for a weekend, no problem. 

Pst: While you’re in Shanghai, don’t forget to test out what Disneyland in China is really like or visit our favorite watertowns nearby. 

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What Should I Do There? 

With hundreds and hundreds of islands, which ones do you choose from? When you get to the park, you’ll see that there are ticket counters for a lot of different boat tours that will take you to a few of the islands. Meifang island will give you a great view from up high, but Wulong Scenic Area will let you see an island full of unique locks, one island full of strange stones and another that’s bursting full of gardens — all three of the islands are connected by a few bridges, which is pretty rad.

Oh, and there’s also an animal section so keep an eye out for monkeys, peacocks and ostriches. 

During certain times of the year you can head here for some cool water sports too, like water skiing, kayaking, boating, fishing and such. You’ll definitely stay busy, that’s for sure. 

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How To Get There 

One of the easiest ways to get there is via Shanghai. A fast train will get you to Hangzhou, then just take a bus from Hangzhou to Qiandaohu. Hangzhou is already a favorite weekend hangout spot for a few ILP volunteers living nearby, so feel free to stop off in Hangzhou for a cool dragon boat ride and a few other adventures in this pretty city.

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Need more China in your life? Of course you do … and so do your friends! International Language Programs has got this deal where you can volunteer with your spouse in China for an awesome price— buy one, get one free.  Yep, the two of you go for the price of one. Oh, and if you and a friend go on the program together, you both get a pretty rad discount - just ask us about it.

We’re all about making life in China affordable. Come get all your China and ILP questions answered by chatting with one of our ILP representatives (they can totally help ya out). 

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