To escape the overwhelming heat of Shanghai, Reverend Farnham, looked to Moganshan as an inexpensive option to spend time with his family during the summer. In the late 1890’s, he bought thirty hectares of a tea plantation for a mere 50 Mexican dollars–making him the first foreigner to buy land on the mountain. He started a trend. Rev. Joseph Baile followed by Mr. Edward Evans bought the next plots of land.
By the 1930’s more than 300 foreigners and hundreds of Shanghai elite called Moganshan their home during the summer. Le Passage guests can experience the charm that enticed those to Moganshan in the 1900’s.