China // The eastern seaboard //


The hill station of MOGANSHAN (莫干山, mògān shān), 60km north of Hangzhou, was popular before World War II with the fast foreign set and has recently reprised its former role as a resort to escape the stifling summer heat. The old European-style villas and po-faced communist-style sanatoriums are being restored and turned into guesthouses, bars and cafés. There’s little to do here but wander the incongruously European-looking village, hike in the bamboo woods and enjoy the views. It’s lovely, but get here sooner rather than later, before it all gets overdeveloped.