Zhujiajiao Ancient Town Scenic Area was listed as one of Shanghai's four famous historical and cultural towns in 1991. The town itself is simple and elegant. The small Caogang River divides the town into the northern and southern sections, and residential houses of the Ming and Qing Dynasties line up along the water canal. The town has been called the “Venice of Shanghai.” In recent years, cafes, bars, book shops, postcard shops, and other hipster shops have opened, attracting many musicians, travelers, and young artists to the site.
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After a full day of walking around the Ancient town ,eating and a great fish spa massage .You can walk a little bit out of the Ancient Town and grab a drink at a relatively hidden small bar T&F Lucky.This is exactly what you need after a long day in the sun .I found the drinks reasonable ,but the tequila shot I ordered was expensive,48¥ ,that was the most expensive tequila shot I’ve had in Shanghai .It is very chilled and ideal for relaxing before heading home.
Getting There - If you are traveling from Shanghai you can take metro Line 17, the station is Zhujiajiao. Follow the signs and you will find the water town, it is not far from the station.
Attractions - Kezhi Yuan garden where you can make amazing photos. The ticket is 20RMB
You can see different types of bridges in this town, mostly stone bridges.
You can take a boat (gondola) and see the town from the other perspective. I recommend this. The price for the boat is from 80 to 150RMB , depends where do you want to go.
If you are in love with art you can visit Museum of the watercolors art, there you can find some fantastic paintings. Ticket is 30RMB.
Shopping - Souvenirs, food and coffee places are all over the small pediastrian streets.
This was a really interesting experience.
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, known as the Venice of Shanghai, a 1700-year-old town from Ming-Qing dynasty. You can plan for this exquisite old town for a half-day or one day trip from Suzhou or Shanghai. From Suzhou it's just an hour drive.
Highlights: Museum of Humanities, Tibetan Culture Museum, Qing Dynasty Post Office, City God Temple, Handicraft Museum, Yuan Jin Temple, Kezhi Garden and boat ride on the river Caogang.
Imagine yourself in the old world of the 江湖, the lakes and rivers, as you stroll along the narrow lanes of Zhujiajiao in western Shanghai, or more authentically, ride a gondola up and down its peaceful water streets.
With snack and souvenir shops wherever the eye can see, this is village seems thoroughly transformed into a tourist trap, but look more closely and you can see locals still hang their laundry outside their ancient houses and plant vegetables along the river.
I went on a holiday so it was predictably crowded, but except for the bottleneck of the main bridge, it wasn't too bad. I recommend going on a weekday if possible though.
The surrounding new town of Zhujiajiao has some more reasonbly priced food but otherwise has little of interest to visitors; just come for the old town.
Zhujiajiao is very easily accessible by taking line 17 of the Shanghai Metro to the penultimate station. The scenic area is a short walk from the metro station, or you can take a boat.
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