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.
In fact, until Thursday, Zhouzhuang was not on the map of my trip. There are two reasons. I have been to Tongli, Mudu, Nanxun and Xitang. I can't think of any new ideas here. Secondly, he is the first water town in the south of the Yangtze River. I am afraid she is vulgar. So that my family asked me to write, at first I had to write, but now it seems that Zhouzhuang did not disgrace the title, I am vulgar. But compared with the first place in the south of the Yangtze River, the sky is not dark, so we can't distinguish between the top and the bottom. (Here I have attached some pictures for you to understand.) Actually, I came here in a hurry to rain. When I was a child, I was familiar with such a word "Yanyu Jiangnan". So when it rains, I'll make an appointment. Seeing the smoke, of course, we should also see the rain. But whenever I encounter strange scenery, the first impression it leaves me must be the taste. The word "eat" is like my creed. The first taste Zhouzhuang gave me was "acid", fried smoked fish steak, roast chicken, dried river shrimp with cabbage, and the mystery of "Austrian stove noodles" stove table was the origin of its name. The soup boiled by snails gives me a whole "thirteen thousand hoofs" and I can't express the experience on the tip of my tongue. In the afternoon, a pot of "Grandma's Tea" is brewed with delicate Soviet pastries. Hot tea neutralizes the sweetness of dessert with bitter sour taste and becomes a comfortable warmth in the stomach. Of course, there's a lot of noise here. Tourists are always the biggest killers of the beautiful scenery. I stayed overnight before I could steal some cleanliness from them. It's hard to imagine that this place came from the Ming Dynasty, but it still keeps its trace firmly. The water you see, the walls, the pillars and even the lanterns are all telling you about its past. I'm lost here. Every street has to go back and forth several times, but every reunion is still fresh. The uncle knitting palm leaves, the grandmother sewing Su embroidery, a pot of crisp sweet horseshoes. As soon as they turned, they hid. In fact, Zhouzhuang is like a girl you love. I can't tell how beautiful she is. When it comes to girls, I'm always slow. But if you really want to see her, she's here waiting for you. That's good. I'll be here. - Zhou Zhuang, April 14, 2018
Travel as soon as you say go (2) Tour of ancient town - Zhouzhuang has no friends this time, just himself. A man, a backpack. Starting from Nanjing in the afternoon, I took a nearly three-hour bus to Kunshan. There is still a long way from Kunshan to Zhouzhuang. It takes more than an hour to get to Zhouzhuang's place by taking 111 Road and 130 Road (Kunshan's bus is a pit, charging fees according to distance, ready steel jumps into six). But only to the border, there is still five miles away from the ancient town scenic spot. Eat a bowl of Lanzhou noodles casually, and set foot on the journey. By this time it was very dark. No, I chose to walk past, walk all the way, see the scenery and see myself. Everything around me is new to me, and it seems fast to walk. Soon we arrived at the first gate to enter the ancient town, the Zhouzhuang Bridge. The bridge at night shows the gentleness and tranquility of the south of the Yangtze River. The bridge is closer to the center of the town. Small yellow flowers were also on the pillars of street lamps. Continue to walk to the old town scenic area of the original gate - the new archway. Coincidentally, the moment I took the photo, it snowed in the sky, adding an aesthetic feeling. Unfortunately, the archway is being repaired and can't see the real face. Mobile phone is always on the navigation, originally wanted to go back to the Youth Travel, walking along to see a very festive Chinese color, suddenly has the flavor of the year. Such a beautiful scene, how can we not take a photo as a souvenir, this is not the police uncle also took photos. Moving on, I soon arrived at a very distinctive and solemn gate. I did not hesitate to step in and wonder if I was in Zhouzhuang. Later, I heard from my aunt that it was the main gate of Zhouzhuang, and said that I was lucky to enter it so smoothly (because I had to check there strictly before 7 or 8 p.m., I had no ticket, and swaggered in) Perhaps it was the reason for the evening. It was not so cold as to say that the town was quiet, and nobody was noisy and crowded. At this time, I stepped in the ancient Qing Dynasty. On the colored stone road, along the river, we explore the ancient flavor of Zhouzhuang and taste the life of Zhouzhuang people. Magnificent girls talk there, they work there as women workers, they splash water and play there, and they are doing laundry and washing rice... Hold an oil-paper umbrella in the rain lane in the south of the Yangtze River. The biggest impression is that there are more water in the south of the Yangtze River and more water in Zhouzhuang. With modernization, all ancient towns are inevitably destined to be commercialized, and Zhouzhuang is no exception. Because in the evening, most of the shops in the village have been closed, but a few of them are still open. Only through the broken walls and the thick appearance of vicissitudes can it be linked with the ancient times. Inside the shops, they are common commercial goods, and can not see anything with its own cultural characteristics. Is this a commercial success or a cultural tragedy? But you can also see the names of some shops, which are very beautiful, and very appropriate to the watery countryside! __________ Unconsciously, it has passed for a long time, the day is getting late, the temperature has dropped sharply, and the hand freeze is almost not the owner of the house (all Jiangsu cooling 10 degrees, there is moderate snow, not covered) to take pictures to remember, to return to residence.
Zhouzhuang: A traditional water town in the south of the Yangtze River has left us with mottled white walls and roasted black slate. Walking among them, you can always feel the vicissitudes of history. It is indeed an old town with some years of age. The traces of ancestors remain unchanged, the stone arch bridge and a clear water remain unchanged, and the comfortable atmosphere of life remains unchanged. Although the commercial flavor is getting stronger and stronger, the people in the ancient town try to restore everything they used to, so that the tradition can be inherited. Being in the ancient town of Zhouzhuang is in the intangible cultural heritage. Until now, I do not know that, let alone Zhang Hall and Shen Hall, even these old street tiled houses and stone-paved arch bridges are intangible cultural heritage. Fourteen well-preserved ancient stone bridges were built in the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties respectively. More than 60 [%] of the dwellings still preserve the architectural style of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The whole ancient town of Zhouzhuang is the preferred site of the world cultural heritage. It's absolutely necessary to stay overnight in the old town. It's only when the bustling tourists retire that we can really appreciate her essence. Especially in the early morning, after a heavy snow, the sun slowly spread to the ancient town, you will really appreciate her unparalleled beauty.
I went to Zhouzhuang from Suzhou, took a bus to Zhouzhuang bus station, and took a taxi to Zhouzhuang Ancient Town. The starting price was 100. After checking the ticket, I printed the photo on the ticket on the left side. You can go in and out within three days. I stayed in Zhouzhuang Inn for a night. Zhouzhuang was quiet in the evening, and there were not so many tourists. It's still not a night to experience the life of Jiangnan Ancient Town. Wrong, there are many tour groups and many people in the daytime. After going there, we must eat 30,000 pig's hooves. It's a little sweet! _________ You don't have to buy tickets to come in after 20 o'clock.
Overall feeling: heading for the first water town, the general likes, the beauty of the scenery is also warm and hospitable; have a good time, buy happy, are clearly marked prices, will be clear before buying; eat also like, crispy socks bottom is very fragrant, crisp, thirteen thousand hoofs look very appetite, did not eat, hemp flowers also bought some, inside the gadgets are not too expensive. About tickets: The total gate ticket office is 100 adults (multiple attractions). Ancient towns have many entrances, some entrances have tickets, some do not (at first we thought that we had to have tickets to enter the ancient town, but later found that some entrances can also enter the ancient town without tickets, if you enter the scenic spots, you can also buy tickets alone, but strange buildings have tickets to buy only...). About boating: If we take a boat, we will take 220 outside the stage. Shuangqiao - Shen Wansan's former residence, including the time for her aunt to take a tour of her former residence, 80 minutes, is quite good. If she tips, her aunt will sing Jiangnan ditty. Six people are loaded on the ship, so less people can save money by self-assembly. There are other boat cruises, which are said to be cheaper, but will take less time, and they do not ask themselves at the ticket office. About scenic spots: the day focuses on boating, shopping, watching the theatre, many scenic spots did not go, they saw the stage, Zhang Hall, Shen Hall, boating + Shen Wansan's former residence, other museums, lost buildings, monasteries did not go. There are performances on the stage every day for 50 minutes. It's good to see one. Running to the second floor of the exhibition building, you can see a better view. Zhang Hall and Shen Hall are typical courtyard tours in the south of the Yangtze River. The scenery is very good. Shuangqiao-Zhang Hall-Shen Hall Line is crowded. We went to Shen Hall not on holidays or weekends, and the street was crowded. But famous scenic spots are also on this line. Other places, such as Shen Wansan's former residence and Ye Chulun's former residence, have fewer people, and the scenery is not very good. Let's start with that.
The best place in China! Seriously, you just get lost there in world of wonder and awe. But, visit the resaurants outside of the ancient town scenenic hub - much cheaper and delicious. Everyday you can also watch an opera performance at the old theatre. I have been to Zhouzhuang 4 times. Can't wait to go again!
Zhouzhuang is one of the most famous tourist attraction in China! It's a must place to travel here!
Lovely little town in Suzhou. Enjoyed the calmness of the ancient town and the friendliness of the people. Food is not cheap here, though.
Zhouzhuang, the first water town in the south of the Yangtze River, is a place I have been longing for since childhood. Take my little companion on a dream-seeking journey when you have a vacation. We chose to leave at Shanghai Long-distance Passenger Terminal, and we could get to Zhouzhuang Bus Station in about an hour. We also took a bus here on our return journey. There are buses and taxis at the entrance to the scenic spot. We booked the room in advance, so the boss came to pick us up personally. Fresh into the scenic area may not feel as good as imagined, commercial development is very serious, there are businessmen everywhere. But if you calm down and enjoy the cultural landscape here, you will find that this line of work will never make you regret. If you are not a national holiday, you don't have to worry about not booking a room. There are still many hotels in the scenic area. There is also an area under development, and the bosses are very enthusiastic. When we came to Zhouzhuang, we had to eat the thirteen thousand feet here and asked the boss for his advice. They said that they were almost the same. We randomly found a shop to buy a taste. Two girls could eat a full hoof, and the taste was good. During the off-season, we could pay the price. Because we need to take some home to send people off, so we went to many shops to ask the price. To sum up, we still bought it in the scenic spot. During the season, the price in the scenic spot is a little cheaper and the taste is better than that outside the scenic spot. Another must-go place is the King of Cartons, sitting in which you can eat, listen to songs, and look at this "world" made of paper, you will feel different feelings. In the evening and in the morning, Zhouzhuang has a different beauty. In this rare period of time, it can take you back to Zhouzhuang. Leaving the noisy city and staying here for a night, you will feel the charm of Zhouzhuang, where I have been longing for life.
Before going there, I always heard that the commercial atmosphere of the ancient towns around Shanghai was too heavy. After many measurements, I finally chose to go to Zhouzhuang. As a typical representative of Jiangnan Waterfront, Zhouzhuang's streets are inevitably dominated by shops selling all kinds of small commodities in the face of endless tourists, but the whole ancient town gives people a special sense of tranquility. I went in the rainy season of June. In the drizzling rain, I watched the boat rowing in the current. The boat lady sang a little song, which would make her heart calm down slowly. It was very comfortable! Besides, during the tour in Zhouzhuang, Zhang Hall and Shen Hall are items included in the entrance tickets. They can be visited by ticket. Carton King is a place mainly for visiting and selling. It doesn't accept tickets. Children like it very much. The labyrinth is a commemorative small building. The scenery on the second floor is beautiful and suitable for taking photos. Weird buildings need to pay tickets again, 30 yuan per person, there is no discount for the elderly and students, but it is still very interesting, can take a lot of strange photos, some similar to the 3D Art Museum, the second floor has a terrible experience of hearing, dare not try. Shen Wansan's former residence outside Zhouzhuang Ancient Town is not included in the ticket. At night, only a series of bars near Shuangqiao in Zhouzhuang are busy, and the other streets are very lonely. Zhouzhuang is especially quiet in the morning. You don't need to get up early to play in Zhouzhuang. Most scenic spots open at 9 o'clock. Although I spent two days and one night in Zhouzhuang, I still felt reluctant to leave, even my 10-year-old son did not feel enough to play. I hope I can go to Zhouzhuang again.