Not to miss, tourist attraction.. yet still has it's charm!
It's not close to the big cities.
Venice in China!
Gongsheng Grains Workshop is one of the attractions in Wuzhen East Town. Basically, they are selling rice wine, at the same time show you how an actual distillery churning out a pungent rice wine. This was the traditional way to make rice wine in Wuzhen. I was more interested to see the traditional workshop than testing their wine.In Chinese:...more
If it's a hot day like it was in April 2012, do look out for the ice-cream man!He's the guy with a big wooden box -- yup, it's his ice-cream box! ;) Amazing but true, he will pick out ice-cream sticks (more of a sorbet rather than ice-cream with cream sort of ice lollies) and it'd be divine on a hot day!Then walk into a tea shop and order some...more
There are houses along the walkways and you can figure out if they offer home-cooked food just by smelling the aromas emitting from their kitchens or asking them if they have a table available -- each household is only allowed 2 tables to do business.Best to book with them early, like let them know what time you'd come in for lunch or dinner so...more
If you're in a water village, don't miss a boat ride...It's just idyllic to float through the canals and take in the sights... very calming and relaxing way to spend some time.Boatmen are certified to paddle the boats using the single oar and the boats are usually comfortable cabins with small windows that open to views outside -- feels cosy inside...more
When I first saw Wuzhen East Town, I was in shock and excited the beauty of this town. It Is not only old, but those narrow rivers with boats around the town is so classic in the Chinese way. Other than enjoying the views every where in town, I visited some of the important attractions reflecting the history and culture of Wuzhen. 1) Gongsheng...more
Jiangnan Furniture Hall is located in one of those small street in Wuzhan East town. The hall exhibits the traditional Jiangnan's furnitures specially the traditional beds. During my visit, I thought I went shopping at IKEA in ancient China. It is quite a big areas with different display of traditional Chinese furnitures. In Chinese:...more
During our visit, we passed by the Village Square. This is an example of how villagers were entertained by Chinese opera in their town center. The Village Square is surrounded by shops, restaurants, rest areas, and a small theater beside the square. In Chinese: 花鼓戏more
Before 1994, it was called Mao Dun's Former Residence. It is a museum to show the residence, the childhood, life, and achievement of this great revolutionary writer. This 7000sf house was bought by his father in 1885, and it was a good example of houses in late Qing dynasty. I like this museum cause it is located in this typical old Wuzhan town...more
The canals and waterways are flanked by trees on one side, and houses on the other. Arc bridges erected across the canals connect the two sides. Visiting this village is like taking a walk down memory lane, transporting us back to hundreds of years ago. Unfortunately, most of the young people of this village have chosen to uproot themselves and...more
The wood and stone carvings on bridges, windows etc have been well preserved in Wuzhen. These date back hundreds of years. In this photo, you can still see the carvings on the lion (which is on a stone bridge) very clearly. In the background, you can also see the wood carvings on the windows and walls of houses.more
The best way to see Wuzhen is to take a trip down the canals on boat. Each of these boats can seat a maximum of eight persons. Along the way, we passed through ancient bridges and waterways, and could see the residential houses up close. These houses are still occupied, and one of the houses had a dog that kept barking at every passing boat he saw....more
There is a small bus station near the Beihua Bridge. It takes 20-minutes walk to the Wuzhen East Town. From Shanghai:The easiest way is to take a day tour from Shanghai Gymnasium Stadium. Two tours per day: 7:50am and 8:50am, return to Shanghai at 16:30. Y145 includes transportation, entrance fees, and Chinese tour guide only. Or Shanghai South Bus...more
General notesAlthough there are cheap public buses (these leave from the long-distance bus station), in my view they are not frequent enough to make it a viable option, especially if you are short on time. The most efficient solution for me was to hire a car with the driver, and combine the visit to Wuzhen with another of the nearby water towns. In...more
If you walk from the ticket offices to the main road and turn left on the corner on the opposite side of the road is an unmarked bus stop. You can catch a bus to Tongxian (about 30mins CYN6). There is a huge bus station there and you can travel on to anywhere else you need to go even late at night.more
Mai Ya Tang is the specialty product of Wuzhen. It is sweet and sticky. We used to be able to buy these in Singapore decades ago (during my Grandma's time), but it is getting more difficult to find them in Singapore now. Some shops show you how the sweets are made. Our tour guide took us to this shop, which supposedly sells the best Mai Ya Tang...more
Blue print cotton made in Wuzhen has its own flavors. You could see all of the processes at there. It's not very complicated. You may try it by yourself if you like... The scenic is unique, many directors chose this scene to shoot their film.The raw material for dye printing is Eupatorium fortunei, a herb that turns into indigo after being...more
Tradition is still very much alive in Wuzhen. In addition to flower-drum opera, shadow-puppet shows, and temple fairs, Wuzhen also attracts visitors with its time-honored art of making indigo-dyed printed calico. In ancient times, indigo-dyed printed calico was used for curtains, scarves, and tablecloths in every household in the countryside of...more
Though our lonely planet told us the entry fee was CNY45, we checked the internet sites and discovered it was CNY60. However, when we arrived it was CNY100 per ticket, per day. Despite the information on the internet they DO NOT take credit cards, ONLY Chinese money.
Unique Suggestions: As the fee keeps changing, if you want to go, I highly recommend taking at least 50% more money than you think you'll need and make sure it's in Chinese money. There are no banks or ATM's in the main town.
Very little of this money goes back into the local community.
Fun Alternatives: Try Hangzhou, It's also quite expensive but maybe more rewarding. Seriously consider renting a car and driving around the countryside. Some of the small towns in this Provence are beautiful.
Wuzhen is at its best on rainy days. Strolling with an umbrella along an old lane past the centuries-old wooden houses and seeing the rain flow off the engraved eaves that cover the doorways is an amazing experience. The falling raindrops bring ripples on the river surfaces, while boats travel to and fro. The waterside pavilions and corridors and the arched bridges, all shrouded in drizzle, make up a charming scene.