One of Shanghai’s biggest districts, Jinshan stretches 23 kilometres along the coast in the south-west of the city. Aside from the popular beaches, it’s also renowned for its ancient temples, cultural sites and a distinct style of folk painting.
Things to do in Jinshan District
Jinshan City Beach is the main allure for visitors seeking a bit of sun and sand amongst the sprawling metropolis of Shanghai. There are great seafood restaurants and coastal walking trails to explore, as well as a small amusement park.
Want a more cultural experience? Visit the Fengjing Ancient Town, where you’ll find re-created Ming and Qing style buildings in a Southern Chinese water town. Its streets are connected by more than 50 bridges, with exhibits of traditional handicrafts, including the unique Jinshan Peasants’ painting style. Create your own artwork under the guidance of local artisans or purchase beautifully crafted souvenirs to take home.
Dedicated to the bodhisattva of compassion, Guan Yin, Jinshan District is also renowned for the 14th-century Donglin Temple in the town of Zhujing. Witness its immense statue of Sudhana, the Child of Wealth, and the Guan Yin Hall whose bronze doors are adorned with 999 images of Buddha.
If you’re visiting between March and May, then don’t miss the tulip displays at Jinshan’s Binhai Park, complete with Dutch-inspired windmills, ponds and walking trails.
Getting around Jinshan District
The Jinshan Railway connects to Shanghai’s city centre in around 30 minutes and is the most convenient means of getting to the district, with taxis at most stations for local journeys. Buses also travel between the two hubs along the high-speed highway.