Shangrao Travel Guide

Shangrao Travel Guide

Shangrao Facts

Chinese Name: 上饶 (shàng ráo)
Population: 6,833,000
Area: 22,791 square kilometers (8, 800 square miles)
Location: in the northeast of Jiangxi Province, east China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Xinzhou, Guangfeng); 10 counties (Shangrao, Yushan, Qianshan, Hengfeng, Yiyang, Yugan, Poyang, Wannian, Wuyuan); 1 county-level city (Dexing)
Area Code: 0793
Zip Code: 334000
GDP (2019): CNY 251.31 billion (USD 36.427 billion)

A Land of Fish and Rice Famous for Wuyuan County

Shangrao City is located in the northeast of Jiangxi Province close to the borders with the provinces of Zhejiang to the east and Anhui to the north, while Fujian province lies to the south. The city's immediate neighbors within Jiangxi are Jiujiang, Nanchang, Fuzhou and Yingtan. Shangrao has been known as the land of fish and rice since ancient times. Benefiting from flat and fertile lands around the Poyang Lake, Shangrao acts as an important commodity grain, cotton, oil, fish and pig base in Jiangxi. It is recommended to take 2 - 3 days to tour around the city as there are so many things to see: Sanqing Mountain which is a Taoist holy land and famous for granite peak forest in various shapes in the east; China's largest freshwater lake Poyang Lake inlaid in the west; Huanggang Mountain, the highest peak in east China in the south; Wuyuan, which is a must-see place in Shangrao and highlights vast rapeseed flower fields and well-preserved Hui-style traditional buildings.

Shangrao Attractions - Things to Do

It is a famous Taoist resort listed among key scenic and areas of historical interest by the country at the junction of Yushan County and Dexing City. The mountain contains ten scenic spots embracing natural wonders of steep cliffs, cloud seas, conifers and waterfalls. There are two main tourist routes. There are very many scenic spots along the southern route, while the rugged north route is more suitable for those who love climbing. 

It is spoken of as some of the most beautiful countryside in China boasting multitudes of old trees, caves, ancient buildings and cultural relics. Jiangling may be well worth seeing in Wuyuan. Vibrant yellow rape flowers spread into the depths of the valleys and some villages are hemmed in by rape fields. Each spring when the rape is in full bloom many visitors and numerous photographers are attracted to the area. 

Other Scenic Spots: Tortoise Peak, Yuanyang Lake (Lake of Mandarin Ducks), Gexian Mountain

How to get to/around Shangrao

Shangrao is ideally located at the convergent area of Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian and Anhui, separated from the capital city of Jiangxi Province, Nanchang by Poyang Lake. Around the city, there are five airports that can be reached from the city in one to three hours, including Wuyishan Airport, Quzhou Airport, Jingdezhen Airport, Nanchang Changbei International Airport and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport.

Railways run through the eastern, southern and central regions of Shangrao. More than fifty trains arrive daily from Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Guangzhou at Shangrao Railway Station. Apart from the well-developed highway network, the area also has excellent waterway transport. Through the water systems of Le'an and Xinjiang River as well as waterways in northern Nanchang, ships can navigate Poyang Lake and northward to the Yangtze River.

Shangrao Railway Station is situated at Lingxi Town in the east of the city proper. The central bus station is at 27, Daihu Lu. The city has totally nine ports. Twenty of the entire one hundred and sixty-eight docks are passenger docks, and ships from Poyang County to Nanchang, Jingdezhen and Poyang Lake are available.

See more Shanghai - Shangrao Train, Shangrao - Guilin Train


With a humid subtropical monsoon climate, Shangrao City has ample rainfall and sunshine. Spring and autumn seasons are shorter with longer winters and summers. The weather here is moderate and its average annual temperature is about 16.7-18.2°C (62.1-64.8°F).

 When to Go: June to October is the most favorable season in which to pay a visit. 

Shangrao Travel Tips

 History: The earliest pottery artifacts discovered in China were at the Xianrendong Site, and Shangrao found to be one of the birthplaces of paddy horticulture in the world. The area belonged to Wu and Yue states during the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC). Poyang Shire was founded in this area over 1,700 years ago during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220).

 Physical Features: Hills and low to medium high mountains are the main features of the landform here. It is separated by Mt. Wuyi from Fujian Province in the south. In addition, it has Huaiyushan Mountains in the central region and offshoots of Mt. Huangshan in north boundary area with Anhui Province. There are rivers crisscrossing to the west of Shangrao with a scattering of many lakes. The soil is fertile in the famous Poyang Lake Plain.

 Special Local Products: Lianshi Paper from Qianshan County, bodiless lacquer from Boyang County, whitebait and white lotus seed from Poyang Lake, kudzuvine herbal medicines, rice cake of Yiyang County, pearls from Wannian County, Longwer Inkstone (also She Inkstone)

- Last modified on Jun. 16, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Shangrao Travel
Asked by travelnomad from UNITED STATES | Jul. 30, 2019 04:53Reply
My partner and I are in the process of moving to China.
We are trying to compare Yingtan vs Shangrao to determine which place we will like better and the pros/cons, differences between the two. Can you share ?
Answers (2)
Answered by Rebecca from USA | Aug. 04, 2019 17:56

According to the information on the Internet, Yingtan's traffic is more developed than Shangrao, while the economy in Shangrao is better than Yingtan. Also, Shangrao has more tourism attractions and older history.
Answered by DS from BANGLADESH | Oct. 05, 2019 18:59

I have been living in shangrao for 7 years now . Shangrao is way better than yingtan in every single way. You don't want to live in yingtan,trust me .Nanchang is the best option though
Asked by soh from SINGAPORE | Jun. 23, 2018 02:47Reply
I will be at Mt Lushan and how do I travel by train from Jiujiang to Shangrao to Mt Sanqing?
Is there a direct bus? How much is the train fare from Jiujiang to Shangrao and the bus fare from Shangrao to Mt Sanqing?
Answers (1)
Answered by Bill from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 25, 2018 03:07

The fare of high speed trains is CNY 113.5 for second class seat. After arrival in Shangrao Train Station, you can take a taxi or take a bus to Duihulu Bus Station where you can take a bus to Mt. Sanqing. The departure time is from 6:30 to 15:00 with an interval about one hour.
Asked by Charlie from USA | Jun. 12, 2018 02:42Reply
How do I get to the Giant Buddha of Guifeng from Shanghai?
Answers (9)
Answered by Paul from MALAYSIA | Jun. 12, 2018 21:44

You can take a bullet train from SH Hongqiao Railway Station to Yiyang, which takes about 3 hours and then take a tourist bus from the railway station to Guifeng.
Answered by Charlie from USA | Jun. 13, 2018 08:06

Do you mean Geyang train station?

Also...where do I catch the tourist bus when I arrive at Geyang train station? And how will I know which bus it is? How much does it cost? And how long does it take to get to the Buddha site?

Answered by Paul from MALAYSIA | Jun. 13, 2018 20:33

Yeah, when you get out of the station you can take bus line 2 directly to the scenic area. The fare is CNY 4 and it takes about 30 minutes to get there.
Answered by Charlie from USA | Jun. 14, 2018 00:00

Is the buddha statue is within walking distance at the drop off point at the scenic area?
Answered by Tony from UKRAINE | Jun. 14, 2018 04:25
00Reply the train station Yiyang or Geyang to see the statue?
Answered by Paul from MALAYSIA | Jun. 14, 2018 20:17

Yes, it is.
Answered by Paul from MALAYSIA | Jun. 14, 2018 20:18

Yeah, when you get there, take a tourist bus line 2.
Answered by Tony from UKRAINE | Jun. 15, 2018 11:22

You still didn't answer the question. Yiyang or Geyang?
Answered by Paul from MALAYSIA | Jun. 18, 2018 20:53

It should be Yiyang.
Asked by Ben Yip from USA | Mar. 29, 2017 16:20Reply
What is the best way travel from either shanghai or Nanchang to Shangrao?
If travel by train from Shanghai, how can I see schedule and buy train ticket?
If by car or bus from Nanchang, how long it take and route info?

Answers (1)
Answered by Ted from USA | Apr. 01, 2017 01:09

Ben, you are suggested to take high speed train at Shanghai Hongqiao Station because there are lots of trains heading for the destination during 06:25 to 19:09. You can ask your Chinese friend to help you check the specific schedule and book it on line with your passport number. As I know, you can also connect with, and they will give you the necessary information and help you book it on line.
If you want to go there by car from Nanchang, it usually takes 3-4 hours. You can take the direct coach at Nanchang Coach Station. It departs at 09:00, 09:45, 11:00, 13:00 and 16:30 respectively. The ticket fare is CNY70/person.
Asked by Christina from MALAYSIA | Mar. 20, 2017 23:43Reply
What is the shortest and fastest way from Hangzhou to Mt Sanqing National Park?
Do I take the train or bus? How does it go?
Also where should I put up for the night? Stay in Shangrao, Yushan or in the park area?
Thank you
Answers (4)
Answered by Fanny from ITALY | Mar. 24, 2017 03:50

1. You are suggested to take the train at Hangzhou East Railway Station to SR Railway Station. Then take bus Yushan no.10 to Yushan Bus Station. Afterwards, walk east to the New Railway Station and take bus no.15 to the Main Bus Station. Upon arrival, you may take the shuttle bus to South Sanqing Mountain directly.
2. You can stay in the hotel which is near to the scenic spot. I'd like to recommend you the Jinchen Hotel located in the service area of Sanqing Park. The hotel price ranges from CNY400-600 per night for a standard room.
Answered by Christina from MALAYSIA | Mar. 24, 2017 07:20

Thank you Fanny for your feedback. I was hoping it would be a more direct route without too many transfers.
Answered by Tomi from ALGERIA | Mar. 27, 2017 03:25

Hi, if you want a simple route, you may take a train to SR Railway Station. Since there is no direct bus to the scenic area, you may charter a car to the scenic area directly which usually cost CNY200-300.
Answered by Christina from MALAYSIA | Apr. 09, 2017 21:30

Thank you Tomi for yr info. Sorry didn't notice yr response earlier.
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