Zhangjiagang Travel Guide
View from my room
Water Paradise Cafe: A Chinese approach to western food.
The Water Paradise Cafe offers an adequate selection of western entrees. The atmosphere is pleasant and the restaurant features live piano in the evening. But it is not a "fine dining" experience. Nor is it a place you'd choose for a business lunch or dinner. But the food is...
The Small Devil: Great Italian food and more!
The Small Devil, known to most simply as "the Italian restaurant," has a very broad menu that includes steaks, seafood and a great cheeseburger as well as pizza and typcial Italian offerings. The restaurant is Italian owned and operated, and is a hub of expat activity...
Lan Zhou: It's difficult to find a cheaper meal!
Little Muslim restaurants can be found in every part of Zhangjiagang. Most offer a broad menu, but none I've visited In ZJG offer bread like you'll find at Muslim restuarants in other cities. A person can get full for less than USD 1. This is where many locals eat. Even if...
Champ de Ble: Excellent European & Japanese cuisine!
If you're in Zhangjiagang and have time for a leisurely lunch or dinner, then Champ de Ble is a must visit. Champ de Ble has a casual cafe atmosphere (overlooking a lovely park and pagoda) with an open kitchen and diverse, creative menu featuring French, Italian and Japanese...
Giant Millionaire Abalone, etc.: If you're looking to impress....
The Giant Millionaire Abalone Shark Fin Seafood Restaurant. Yeah, I thought the same thing the first time I heard it. And it looks even goofier on a neon marquee. But if you're looking to impress colleagues or simply treat your family or friends to a very elegant yet...
Hong Mo Fang (Moulin Rouge): Great variety show!
Hong Mo Fang (Moulin Rouge) had its grand opening on August 1, 2007 and is a great addition to Zhangjiagang. The theatre hosts a fabulous variety show featuring talented singers, dancers, acrobats, comedians and a great house band. Laser lights, pyrotechnics and other...
Malones Cafe: An expat hub!
Perhaps the most comfortable and familiar place for expats in ZJG is Malones Cafe or Malones Bar. Often referred to as "the living room," Malones is a cozy, 2-storey pub located just west of the Walking Street (Bu Xing Jie). Jack, the owner, can be found at the bar most...
Getting around Zhangjiagang
As far as crowded Chinese cities go, Zhangjiagang is a great place for bike riding for fitness and transportation. As a model city, Zhangjiagang's streets are wide with defined bike lanes, many of which are separated from vehicle traffic by medians. Good bicycles can be had inexpensively (from about USD 20, more for a mountain bike) at any of the many bicycle shops along ChangAn Lu, or Da Run Fa (the RT Mart) shopping center. The city center is flat and compact, so a bike is an excellent means of transportation for shopping or sightseeing, and a great way to burn a few calories. As in every city in China people drive like lunatics, so caution is always a must.
Don't wanna buy a bike? Taxis are readily available and inexpensive. You can go most anywhere in the city center for the equivalent of $1. Minimum fare in Zhangjiagang is 7 rmb (about $.88) compared with 11 rmb ($1.38) in Shanghai.
The city also has a dependable bus system that links Zhangjiagang to numerous surrounding towns.
Written Aug 15, 2006
No. 1 Peoples Department Store: If you're hunting for foreign foods....
The Walking Street is home to 4 major department stores: No. 1 Peoples Department Store; Kelly Department Store; the Commerical Mansion; and the International Department Store. Of these stores, No. 1 Peoples is probably the smallest and doesn't have the selection the others...
Su Guo: Not as large as RT Mart but....
If it's Saturday afternoon and you don't want to face the crowds at RT Mart, Su Guo is a good alternative. Located on the west side of the Walking Street, Su Guo is something of a hyper-mart, but on a smaller scale than RT Mart.
Like RT Mart, Su Guo carries a bit of...
RT Mart (Da Run Fa): The closest thing to a hyper-mart.
Da Run Fa (RT Mart) is about the closest thing ZJG has to a hyper-mart. RT Mart carries everything from digital cameras to fresh fruit, and offers the best selection in ZJG.
RT Mart carries a little of everything. Air conditioners, sporting goods, electronics and groceries....
Bu Xing Jie: The Walking Street
Much of Zhangjiagang's retail activity is centered around Bu Xing Jie, the Walking Street or Pedestrian Street and neighboring Xi Jie. These streets more or less are the center of the city. The Walking Street is anchored by 4 department stores. Bu Xing Jie and Xi Jie are...
Staying fit in Zhangjiagang
While it is not a destination for sports watching, Zhangjiagang is home to an excellent athletic center that features an aquatic complex, well-fitted weightroom, indoor & outdoor basketball, tennis courts, track & field facility, martial arts, badminton & table tennis, and...
Biking in Zhangjiagang
As far as crowded Chinese cities go, Zhangjiagang is a great place for bike riding for fitness and transportation. As a model city, Zhangjiagang's streets are wide with defined bike lanes, many of which are separated from vehicle traffic by medians. Good bicycles can be had...