Dianshan Lake

Located between Shanghai and Kunshan of Jiangsu Province, Dianshan Lake is in Qingpu District, 60 kilometers (37 miles) west from the center of Shanghai. Just 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) to the east is the famous water town Zhujiajiao.

Dianshan Lake is the source of Huangpu River, the mother river of Shanghai, and the largest natural fresh water lake in the city. It covers an area of 62 square kilometers (24 square miles), as nearly 12 times large as the West Lake of Hangzhou. It used to be land in ancient times, but later it turned into a lake. It takes its name, Dianshan Lake, due to its proximity to Mt. Dianshan.

With beautiful hills and broad meadows, three golf courses with international levels, several wetland parks and holiday villages equipped with sightseeing and leisure facilities are built on the lakeside. Since the lake is big and the water is clear, it is a place suitable for all kinds of aquatic sports including rowing, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, and Chinese dragon boat racing.

In the east of the lake lie an aquatic sport waters, yacht clubs, golf courses, fishing clubs, swimming pools, bowling alleys, and shooting galleries; while in the west, a youth camping base. In the south is the Rainbow Island which is a fancy aquatic leisure resort.

Sun and Moon Island

Located beside and be ringed on three sides by the Dianshan Lake, this island boasts a lotus pond of more than 4,800 square yards (4,000 square meters). On this island, you will have the chance to enjoy the courtyard architectures, a swimming pool of 12,000 square yards (10,000 square meters) and a beach of over 3,600 square yards (3,000 square meters). The sunshine, the beach and the waves together with the trees form a special picture of the island. Also, you can do varieties of aquatic sports such as aero boating, motor boating, canoeing, and fishing.

Sun Island Resort

To the southeast of the Dianshan Lake, located on the Mao Island which is in the Mao River (the upper reaches of Huangpu River), the resort is connected with Dianshan Lake through the Mao River. It is a modern tourist area integrating recreation, entertainment and international conferences. The balls from the golf course are automatically sorted by the lake river, which is quite special. There is an international club of 15,550 square yards (13,000 square meters) with a high-end meeting center, an exhibition building of celebrities and a commercial service center. Hundreds of holiday dwellings of different styles are available. The resort also caters to visitors who love arts for there is a modern art gallery. At the eastern end of the island lies a hi-tech comprehensive themed park with a simulation of theatre, three-dimensional cartoon figures and children’s playgrounds in it. A bathing beach, a glass pyramid and a botanical garden are also built there.

Rainbow Island

Situated to the south of the lake, the Rainbow Island invested by Britons is now a luxury villa area. It will be a wonderful water resort with a large water park, a yacht dock, a waterfowl viewing area, a fishing area, a tennis court, and some clubs and bars.

Aquatic Sport Waters

Located to the northeast of the Dianshan Lake, this first-class aquatic sport area with advanced facilities is the largest in the Far East. It is used as both an aquatic training base and a competition site. The land area of the training base is 25 acres (10 hectares), while the water area is 123 acres (50 hectares). The cement road in the middle of the levee is for marathons, heel-and-toe walking race and other minor matches. The main course is the training base for boat racing and canoeing. In the south of the aquatic sport waters is the dock of 6,580 square yards (5,500 square meters) which can holds 200 sail boats.

Golf Club

Located beside the lake and covering an area of 247 acres (1,500 mu), the course is of 18 holes and the fairways is from 110 yards (100 meters) to 575 yards (525 meters). Near the course, there is a practice area with three holes and 12 tennis courts as well as a swimming pool. Pubs, billiard rooms, British style villas and libraries are built there.

Youth Camping Base

At the western end of the Dianshan Lake and to the north of the Grand View Garden, the youth camping base occupies an area of about 16 acres (100 mu). Small villas, colorful tents and BBQ sites are very attractive. Sailing boats, high-speed motor boats, cycle racing, skating and fishing are also available.

How to get to Dianshan Lake Scenic Area

1. Take Line 17 and get off at Oriental Land Station. Then transfer to take bus Qingjin Line to Huqingping Road Tangbei Station. Walk to the lake scenic area directly.
2. Take Line 1 and get off at Huangpi Nanlu Station. Leave from exit 1, take Hushang Express Bus, and get off at Jinshanggonglu Daguanyuan Station. Then walk to the west for about 5 minutes to Dianshan Lake Scenic Area.

Take Huqing Express Bus to Yinggang Bus Station (East). Then transfer to Qingshang Special Bus Line to Jinshanglu Daguanyuan Station.
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Admission Fee Free
Opening Hours All day long

 Recommended Nearby Attractions:
 Zhujiajiao Water Town: the most famous water town in Shanghai.
 Grand View Garden Shanghai: Located to the west of Dianshan Lake, it is a classical garden built according to a famous novel 'A Dream of Red Mansions'
 Oriental Land: a large leisure park integrating outdoor training and youth activities.
 Chen Yun Memorial Hall: It includes the Former Residence of Chen Yun and Qingpu Revolutionary History Exhibition Hall.
 Shanghai Legoland Theme Park: As the tenth legoland theme park all over the world, it will be constructed in 2020 and completed in 2022.
- Last updated on Jul. 04, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Dianshan Lake
Asked by Grace from PHILIPPINES | Oct. 13, 2019 20:52Reply
Is Shanghai Dianshan Lake camping still possible on Oct 19?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alex from MALAYSIA | Oct. 15, 2019 20:45

Yes, you can go camping there.
Asked by Kaixi from BELGIUM | Apr. 28, 2019 09:34Reply
How can I reach the rainbow bridge at dianshan lake from zhujiajiao?
If I have to take a taxi, which address should I give?
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Answered by Sally from USA | Apr. 28, 2019 20:14

You can take Bus Line 1 from the Zhuhu Road, Kezhiyuan Road to Xinhua Village, Fuxing Road. It takes about 40 minutes by bus. After that, walk west about 200m to the bridge.

If you want to take a taxi, you can give the address directly: 淀山湖彩虹桥.It takes about CNY20 and 15 minutes can get there.
Asked by Kimberly from U.S.A. | Apr. 04, 2019 19:39Reply
Any dog friendly places at Shanghai DianShan(lake or mountain)?
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Answered by Joseph from USA | Apr. 11, 2019 20:23

You can take dogs to Dianshan Lake and the Zhujiajiao Water Town nearby.
Asked by Erna from INDONESIA | Aug. 29, 2015 02:56Reply
Hello, how do I go to Dianshan Lake from Suzhou? Thank you :)
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Answered by Mary from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 01, 2015 21:59

In Suzhou North Bus Station, you can take a bus to Kunshan South Bus Station. The bus fare is CNY16, and the travel time is about 40 mins. Upon arrival, you can take the bus No. 103 to Lvba Station. Then hiking about 1.8 miles to the lake.
Asked by lucrecia from SPAIN | Aug. 27, 2015 21:41Reply
What do you recommend to visit first Zhujiajiao or the Lake?
Where do you get the bus to Dianshan Lake from Shanghai?
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Answered by Elizabath from CANADA | Aug. 28, 2015 03:06

1. Actually, both these two pupular scenic areas can be the first one.
But the lake is further than Zhujiajiao Scenic Area.
So you can go to the lake first and visit Zhujiajiao second when coming back.

2. About the transportation, you can take bus Hu Shang Special Line to get to Shangta Town Bus Station. Then transfer to bus Qing Shang Line to get to Jinshang Road Xuemi Road Station. After arriving, walk the lake area directly.
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