In 1984, a painting by famous chinese artist Chen Yifei announced Zhouzhuang Water Town to the world, and since then Zhouzhuang has been regarded by many as one of the best water towns in China. This ancient town has a history of more than 900 years old with many houses built in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Known as Yao City or Zhenfang lane in ancient times, the town was once a part of the Kingdom of Wu, playing an important role in the distribution of silk, ceramics, art pieces, and food. With lakes on the four sides, the beauty of Zhouzhuang has to be discovered through its water lanes and stone bridges. Taking a boat ride would be an interesting option to tour around the town. Famous sites include Zhang Hall, Shen Hall, and the underwater tomb of Shen Wansan, a famous Yuan Dynasty Businessman. If you stay around till the lights light up at night, you can enjoy a view that is seemingly made up from a fairytale.
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The ancient town of Zhouzhuang is popularly known as the Venezia of China. This water town is located 30km away from Suzhou. As cultural gem, this town is amazingly preserved, and most of the structures date from Ming and Qing dynasties. Town is surrounded by lake and canals, you can even see people fishing in some areas.
You can walk around the town or enjoy this amazing journey in a gondola. Some of the guides will even sing during their trip to give you the authentic experience. This ancient town retains history in each building, bridge and stone. Few towns in China maintain their authenticity, and the canals give this town an additional charm you can’t find elsewhere.
There are few coffee shops, restaurants and shopping locals open along the town. Although are relatively expensive. Some locations are empty, or abandoned. Boat ride costs 180-220 RMB for an hour and a half. You are required to buy a ticket that will allow you to enter the 15 scenic spots, yet you can enter by yourself after 8pm without entrance fee (spots will be closed).
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Zhouzhuang Ancient Town: The dream town of Jiangnan. The bridge is flowing, the boat is smashing, and you walk into the old wooden house in the south of the river. You can sit on the river and drink a grandmother's tea, listen to a Kunqu opera, taste a bowl of hooves, and watch a blue wave. This is how many people have fantasies about Jiangnan. Zhouzhuang is a feeling and a life.
Attractions: The best way to visit Zhouzhuang is to take a walk along the rivers in the ancient town, then go to Shen Hall, Zhang Hall, Fanlou, Ye Chuxis former residence, Chengxu Discover the monuments of the Daoyuan, Quanfu Temple, etc.
Tickets: Day Tickets
Zhouzhuang is famous for painting. Zhouzhuang in the misty rain is the most famous painting
Zhouzhuang is famous for painting. Zhouzhuang in the rain is the most picturesque. The beauty of Jiangnan is typical of the rainy and rainy rivers in its soft, drizzle and misty bridges. The town is very quiet, there is no hustle and bustle of the city's car horns, and there is no noise in the crowds of the vegetable market. The rivers and bridges around them, the houses in the paintings, the roads under the blue bricks, the tourists coming and going on the streets, the boatmen propped up and sang songs. Feel free to find a caf bar or tea bar by the river. From the pane, you can see that scene is as soft as ink and blue. San Mao said that when she arrived in Zhouzhuang, she really felt that she was going home. San Mao once thought about supporting the elderly in Zhouzhuang, but Zhouzhuang did not wait until she came back.
Dreams in the water town, ink Zhouzhuang
most Jiangnan characteristics, must be accompanied by the patter of rain, Zhouzhuang in the rain, like a natural carved ink painting, it is like the "grandmother" in the memory of the Sunshine. In the ancient town, there must be a variety of bridges, preferring the side of the ladder bridge, the ancient stone, the stone road of the Weihe River, the bamboo poles set up a simple railing, sloping to the water, standing on the ladder bridge, in front of the painting Out of the scenery.
How to come to Zhouzhuang?
can choose from Suzhou North Square Station or Suzhou North Station, generally Suzhou North Railway Station, will also pass through Suzhou North Square, so from Suzhou North Square Station to Zhouzhuang than Suzhou North Station to Zhouzhuang, the whole process For a few minutes, there is no difference now.
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