Jinshan is a suburb located in south-west Shanghai and is one of the city’s largest districts. Several beautiful beaches line the shoreline which stretches 23 kilometres, and the area is abundant with temples, shopping malls and seafood restaurants. Jinshan is also home to the picturesque ancient water town of Fengjing which is famous for its folk art.
On the western tip of Jinshan is the traditional water town of Fengjing. The town is best known for its charming canals and ancient village like ambience. The original Jinshan "peasant paintings" derive from here, exhibited internationally and famous the world over. The town offers an insight into old world China and features a painter’s village where travellers can browse the folk art. Jinshan City Beach is an idyllic place for a relaxing day, or to indulge in swimming and water sports. Beach fun for all the family is available with amusement park rides and a Ferris wheel which offers stunning views over the suburb and across to the islands of Da Jinshan, Xiao Jinshan and Fushan. Some of the city’s freshest seafood comes from Jinshan, and the local seafood market is the perfect place to sample local delicacies. Alternatively, Bailian Jinshan Shopping Mall consists of several zones which sell everything from beauty products and clothing to watches and shoes. Those seeking culture should head for Donglin Temple. Offering another fascinating insight into Jinshan days gone by the temple was constructed in 1308 and dates back to the Yuan Dynasty.
A regular bus service runs from central Shanghai to Jinshan. The Shimei Line of the Shanghai subway also operates into the district. Travel time by car or taxi is just over one hour although public transport can take slightly longer. The new Jinshan rail link connects the suburb to Xinzhuang metro station and Shanghai South Railway Station, with a journey time of approximately half an hour.
The towns of Fengjing, Zhujing and Jinshanwei date back over 800 years. The folk paintings of the local area are known throughout the world, and the district is also known for its black pottery. Today, Jinshan attracts history seekers who venture from Shanghai to visit Fengjing, families and friends who wish to enjoy the seaside atmosphere and those who simply wish to have a break from city life.