Zhujiajiao is a typical water village and boating is a good way to experience how people used to move around in the old days. This is also the nearest water village boating option to downtown Shanghai.There're a number of ferry docks in the water village. If you enter through the south gate (like we did), and have bought the 80 RMB admission ticket...more
The City God's Temple is located at the northwest end of the Chenghuang (City God's) Bridge. There's a white wall in front of it in order to prevent evil spirits from rushing into the temple, as traditions go.Inside the compound, facing the main hall is a traditional opera stage where local opera performances would've been put on during religious...more
This post office has been around since the Qing dynasty. At the main entrance, have a close look at the post box -- there's a dragon coiled around it! (Not a real, live one, of course!) The main entrance is in the shikumen style, a blend of East and West, now most easily seen at Xintiandi in downtown Shanghai.On the canal behind the main reception...more
This is one of the sights included in the admission ticket (whichever one you buy), but we didn't go in. To me, all Buddhist temples in China are starting to look more or less the same, so unless the temple in question is particularly notable, I won't bother going in unless I'm really interested or have the time. We only saw the temple as our boat...more
First built in the early 20th century by a salt merchant from Jiangxi, this garden, the largest in Zhujiajiao, took 15 years to complete. As the salt merchant's surname was Ma, this garden was also called the "Ma Family Garden". The name "Kezhi" means "not to forget to till the land while learning knowledge from books" -- a well-rounded...more
If you arrive from the south entrance of Zhujiajiao (the one closer to where the public buses from Shanghai stop), this will probably be the 1st ticketed attraction that you come to.There're 2 separate sections (one to each side of the road that this gallery is on) but we could only take a quick spin around the display section as we arrived too...more
I was attracted by the mural on the side wall of this cafe. You'll have to see it for yourself. :)The simple menu hanging in the window offers beer, tea, snacks, fresh juice, milk tea, noodles, popcorn, shaved ice... too bad I didn't have time to stop for longer!From the window I also caught a glimpse of a shisha pipe.The cafe offers free wi-fi...more
The name of the restaurant means "Eight Fairies Hall". Whether there're fairies here or not remains to be seen, but the Shanghainese food here is certainly very authentic and tasty! Locals say that this is one of the best restaurants in Zhujiajiao, and after eating here, I'd agree.The restaurant entrance is unassuming (you'll have to recognise the...more
There're so many Granny's Dumplings in Zhujiajiao, you'll be spoilt for choice. This traditional snack has become a tourist commodity -- everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and saying that theirs is the oldest, tastiest, most traditional, most famous... whatever!Anywhere you look, there'll be the namesake "granny" sitting prominently in the...more
The outside of the bar is eye-catching -- it was so trendy, I thought I wasn't in Zhujiajiao! The front has a big window looking into the bar. Unfortunately we were there in the daytime, or I would've gone in for a drink.
When I passed by, there was a poster advertising an event (long past!) at another bar in Shanghai. Part of the illustration was a comedic adaptation of a Communist poster featuring Karl Marx and gang. Not sure how long it'll stay in the window, but I sure had some good laughs at that!
I prefer to go to Zhujiajiao by public bus instead of the tourist sightseing buses from Shanghai Stadium.
For most travellers, starting from the People's Square area would be reasonable as it's centrally-located. On Pu'an Lu, behind Shanghai Concert Hall, are 2 bus routes that will take you to Zhujiajiao. The nearest metro stop to get here is Dashijie on metro line 8 -- go out of exit no.2 (the one that has a McDonald's), do an about-turn when you reach street level, cross the road in front of you (this is Xizang Zhonglu), keep walking straight and turn right when you get to Pu'an Lu.
Once there, look for a bus route called Hu4 Zhu1 Gao1 Su4 Kuai4 Xian4 (Hu-Zhu Express) -- this is the faster bus that goes by the expressway and gets to Zhujiajiao usually within an hour or so, fare is 12 RMB. The other option is the Hu4 Zhu1 Zhuan1 Xian (Hu-Zhu Route) which's slower and costs 9 RMB -- we took this coming back and I think it took us about almost 2 hours to get back to town! Note that neither bus route has numbers or English, only Chinese characters!
A conductor will come by to buy tickets after the bus starts moving. The express should leave every 30 mins, the non-express bus every 10 mins. However I would venture a guess that they leave whenever full.
Be warned that most of the seats don't have much legroom. If you have long legs, I would recommend that you take the 1st front-facing seats on the same side as the bus doors (ie on the opposite side from the driver), the 1st seats near the back door, or the seats across the 1st seats near the back door (behind the single front-facing seats).
Going from Shanghai to Zhujiajiao in the morning, avoid sitting on the same side as the driver unless you fancy having the sun in your eyes for the entire trip.
There're a number of small shops selling kitschy notebooks ("Communist-style" or featuring Zhujiajiao), nostalgic postcards (featuring Zhujiajiao and Shanghai), matchboxes and other little knick-knacks in Zhujiajiao. These are good souvenirs, especially if you need to bring back little keepsakes for people back home -- unbreakable, small and easy...more
Traditionally, vegetables and soybean products were preserved during season so that people could still enjoy them in winter when no crops are harvested. Today, these preserved foodstuffs are still popular with Chinese for breakfast, especially in conjunction with porridge. A little bit of something could go with a whole lot of plain porridge, so...more
The admission ticket is the 1st thing you'll have to buy when you get to Zhujiajiao. There're 3 different prices, with different sights included.The basic 4 sights which are covered by any admission ticket are Kezhi Garden, the Qing dynasty Post Office, Yuanjin Buddhist Temple and Tongtianhe Chinese Pharmacy. These are the only 4 which are...more
“Sticky rice” is a famous food in this part of town. This lady was making them in front of the store, of course, this is just for show and she was making them so fast that I think she can made one in less than a minute.
My boyfriend and I were strolling the streets of the water villiage. We were with 23 other westerners as part of a tour group. Our tour group were the only non-natives in the villiage. We were told it was a safe area and to browse around. We were quickly separated from all other foreigners. Two large men jumped out of a building labled as a pharmacy. It was not like the other structures in that it was completely enclosed, and we couldn't see what was inside. One of the men grabbed my boyfriend by both shoulders and the other stood in front of me. A third man yelling in chinese came up from behind. The villagers then surrounded us and began forcing us into the "pharmacy" building. I started yelling at my boyfriend to force his way through the crowd. I have ten years of self defense training but I was unsure what I could legally do to protect myself. We were able to force our way through the crowd (fortunately the people aren't that big or strong) and we ran back to the entrance and found our tour guide. We told her about the situation. She went to the scence herself but was unable to find the two men we described. Tourists should not be taken to Zhujiajiao. We saw no police, and wouldn't trust to complain to them anyway.
After paying to get into the City God Taoist temple in ZhuJiaJiao, we were greeted (all too eagerly) by what I thought was a shrine worker. He was a little too quick to try to show us things and around the temple, before dragging me to his desk and beginning a palm-reading (in Chinese, which my friend had to translate). I kept saying I was not...more
The biggest bridge in Zhujiajiao is Fangsheng Bridge. On the bridge you could get a good bird's-eye view of the surrounding area. "Fangsheng" means "to set free", the traditional Buddhist custom of setting free small animals such as turtles, fish and such so as to accrue good karma.Here there're aunties with plastic bags of small fish which they...more
I found lots of dried foodstuffs for sale in the streets of Zhujiajiao. I guess it's because it's winter and getting close to Chinese New Year.
Offerings included fish, poultry and other stuff which I couldn't really tell what they were. They're dried with head et al, so if you have something against whole dried animals, you might want to avert your gaze... ;)
On foot, you can explore the nooks and crannies of Zhujiajiao. Some of the streets (as marked on the helpful English-Chinese map you'll get at admission) are more touristy, but there're also locals living in the rest of the houses. Wander off the tourist trail and you can catch glimpses of local life in the water village.more