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Moganshan – 3 Wonderfulnesses and 4 Excellences


Moganshan is a mountain village some way from Shanghai. It’s a place to get away from Shanghai’s hustle and bustle and just relax. In Chinese it means ‘Mo and Gan’s mountain’ (see the Legend of Mo Ye and Gan Jiang, below), although it is also, if said with a slightly different tone, the ‘mountain of doing nothing’. Perfect.

The mountain has been described as possessing extraordinary qualities, namely The Three Wonderfulnesses, and The Four Excellences.


The Three Wonderfulnesses…………….Bamboo………..


……………..Clouds………………….


……………………………and Springs.

And The Four Excellences……….


……………….Clarity, Peacefulness…………………….


………………Greenness…………………………………..

……………..and Coolness.

Personally, I’d like to add The Four Challenges………..


………..Snow……………………


………….Stairs (132 from road to house, 504 from house to coffee, 1139 from Sword Casting Pool to house, via coffee)…….


…………and Slippery Icy Roads which almost prevented us getting there at all. But the fourth of the Four Challenges, as always, is …….Leaving.