Zhouzhuang Travel Guide

  • The Canals of Zhouzhuang
    The Canals of Zhouzhuang
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  • Life on the Canals
    Life on the Canals
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  • Cruising the Canals
    Cruising the Canals
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Zhouzhuang Things to Do

  • Must-do: Wandering the Historical Center

    Zhouzhuang's historical center is compact and easy to walk around. There are few remarkable buildings and temples marked as tourist attractions but you will get the best just enjoying the picturesque views of houses, bridges and canals ... Thing that indeed might be hard to accomplish in the crowded weekend days and holidays, where I would...

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  • Must-do: Sailing the canals in a gondola

    Not sure they can be called "gondolas" but they certainly resemble Venice's gondolas for the long shape and for fact they are piloted with a single oar. There is no way you can escape a canals tour in a gondola if coming into town and no reason why you want to do it since the experience is quite pleasant indeed. The tours are organized and managed...

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  • Get lost in the "streets"

    The great part about the "preserved" part of Zhouzhuang is that it's gated off to cars. I only went there to visit for a day but I could have easily stayed one or two nights here just walking around and taking in the sites. Most buildings here are easily hundreds of years old--some of them opened to the public for viewing since some are the homes...

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  • Drink in a traditional Chinese bar

    The best experience I had in Zhouzhuang is to be able to drink some tranditional Chinese wines, rice wine and yellow wine, in a very old style Chinese bar. It matches all my imagines about the acient style bar I have read in those old Chinese novels.

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  • Double bridge

    This is the very famous double bridge in Zhouzhuang. It's also the bridge made Zhouzhuang world famous.

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  • Zhujiajiao & other water towns

    There are several other water towns near to Zhouzhuang, the most famous being Zhujiajiao town. You can drop by and visit this town as well if you are visiting Zhouzhuang from Shanghai.

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  • Temple of Zhouzhuang

    The temple located at the south western end of the ancient town is very impressive, together with its gardens, pond, pavillions etc. Not to be missed if you are at Zhouzhuang.

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  • Bridge across the lake

    At the south of the Zhouzhuang water town near to the temple area, you can witness a huge bridge across the lake which surrounds the entire town of Zhouzhuang. There is a pavillion where you can take a rest and admire the scenery here.

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  • Opera House cum theatre

    There is an impressive opera house cum theatre in Zhouzhuang which you must visit. There were many famous performances at this place in the past.

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Zhouzhuang Hotels

Zhouzhuang Restaurants

  • Home cooked food

    My hotel in Zhouzhuang, which is a traditional house owned by local people (see my Zhouzhuang hotel tips section for more details) provide home cooked meals for RMB$25. It consists of rice, two vegetable dishes, one soup and one fish from the river or lake. The food is nice and it is a very good experience try the local stuff.

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  • Wan Shan Pig Legs

    You cannot miss the many Wan Shan pig legs on sale at Zhouzhuang, and this bulky local food is apparently very famous in this region of China. I did not try it in Zhouzhuang, but managed to try it when I was in Shanghai.

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  • Tea houses

    One of the favourite past time in Zhouzhang is to laze around and drink tea at one of the many tea houses along the waterways. Very enjoyable experience to relax and enjoy the day.

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  • Try the local food from the rivers and...

    There are lots of eating places in Zhouzhuang which serves local food from the nearby rivers and lakes, including fishes, crabs, lobsters, prawns, clams etc. The vegetables here are also fresh and nice. Each of these restaurants will display their live seafood infront of their shops.

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  • Looking for dinner...

    I had my dinner here because I was staying overnight in this hotel. I was surprised after seeing so many customers were already there. Very good business even it was a weekday. We got a private room (at no extra charges) and ate comfortably. We ordered the famous Wansan Braised Pork Tendon, steamed fish and some other food, got a bottle of free...

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  • Roast pork

    There's a local style of roast pork kunckle that should be tried. You can find a lot of these along the canals.

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Zhouzhuang Nightlife

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    Zhouzhuang at night is very peaceful, colourful with all its lights and lanterns as well as cooling. It is ideal to hang around outside the open places next to the waterways to chit-chat, drink tea or have dinner. A very good way to spend your night.

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Zhouzhuang Transportation

  • How to get there

    Zhouzhuang is in Jiangsu Province, it's not far from Shanghai or Suzhou.To start from Shanghai, there is bus service with travel guide to Zhouzhuang inside Shanghai Stadium. The price is 145 yuan including round trip bus and ticket to Zhouzhuang, it's less than $20, but the travel guide speaks Chinese only.The photo is Shanghai Stadium though it...

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  • Taxi

    You can pre-arrange the taxis in Shanghai to Zhouzhuang and it costs about RMB$350 one way. The journey takes about 1.5 hours if you do not count the traffic jams in Shanghai.

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  • Public buses (Shanghai-Zhouzhuang)

    There are air-conditioned public buses from Shanghai (near to railway station) leaving at about 7:00, 9:00, 12:00, 14:00 and returning from Zhouzhuang at 9:00, 12:50, 14:30, 16:30 daily. The fare for a single way is RMB$22 and it takes about 2-3 hours, unless during peak hours where traffic jam happens in Shanghai.

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Zhouzhuang Shopping

  • Street vendors of Zhouzhuang

    Besides the many shops at Zhouzhuang, you can witness the more traditional street vendors of Zhouzhuang selling stuff like food, vegetables, drinks etc. They give the town an added spice of life and vibrant.

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  • Lots of shops & bargaining

    The shops are everywhere in Zhouzhuang selling souvenirs, crafts, clothings etc. The people will pester you to enter to buy things. Remember to bargain and cut the prices by at least two thirds.

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  • Chinese Instruments

    We found this little shop selling Chinese instruments. Even though we didn't buy anything from it, it was certainly a good time to watch the shop owner play them.

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Zhouzhuang Local Customs

  • Life on the Canals

    Like arteries in human body, canals in Zhouzhuang fuel life in the town ... Still today water of the canals is used for domestic use and you will see people washing clothes, pots and dishes and even washing food such as rice and vegetables in the (murky) water of the canals.

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  • Just trying to make a buck

    I'm not sure if this is true of all the locals (most of they very old) that still live in this water village, but I believe most of them there survive off of the tourists that go visit these villages and buy their handiwork.

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  • W.C

    Always remember, there is no tissue paper in any public toilet in China, must bring some extra tissue for yourself for any emergency. See locally, act locally!!

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Zhouzhuang Warnings and Dangers

  • Warning: Crowded beyond capacity

    Before departing from Shanghai to Zhouzhuang, in a summer weekend day, I checked the page on Wikitravel, which reads "On holidays and weekends the old town will be so packed that it is difficult to move around". I shall say I had been warned but still I could not figure out what was coming ... Now I can, and I can tell you that it literally means...

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  • Watertown Entrance Fee & Limits

    Anyone who visits Zhouzhuang Watertown requires to pay a fee to enter in. This is a single entry fee and if you're part of a tour group then your guide will take care of the arrangements. If you're given free time while in the ancient watertown be carefully not to walk outside the designated perimeters or else you'll have to pay to get back in! For...

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  • Ticket valid for one day?

    The entrance ticket to the old town is supposed to be valid for the date when u bought ONLY. Because I was not aware of that, I reached Zhouzhuang only in the late afternoon (around 3pm) as I thought I could continue on the next morning. I couldn't care less and on the next day, I still used my old ticket praying that they would not check, and they...

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Zhouzhuang Off The Beaten Path

  • Garden

    There is a very nice garden at the south western end of the ancient town near to the big lake where you can sit down and relax while admiring the beautiful scenery and enjoy the cool breeze.

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  • Zhouzhuang school

    There is a school at Zhouzhuang near to the entrance to the ancient town. Instead of turning left when you see the first canal, turn right instead and you can see the school. You can sit outside the school by the canal and observe the students and teachers.

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  • Lake surrounding the town

    One of the main reasons why Zhouzhuang was so isolated until recently is because it is protected by a huge lake. Unfotunately, I cannot remember the name of this lake, but it is impressive under the shimmering datlight, and you can see some boats and fishermen on the lake.

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Zhouzhuang Favorites

  • Visit in Late March to Avoid Crowds

    There are next to no crowds if you plan your visit near the end of March. The weather is slightly cold (mildly) but you can feel that spring is just around the corner.

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  • Small statues & Chinese architecture

    Like in other parts of China, the architecture of the ancient town of Zhouzhuang is very nice, especially if you observe the delicate details of the small statues e.g. lions as well as pavillions, temples etc.

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  • Willow Trees

    One of the things I like about Zhouzhuang are the beautiful willow trees along the main canal which add a beautiful natural touch to the place.

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