Xitang Travel Guide

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Xitang Highlights

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     A great weekend getaway from hectic Shanghai 

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     Some locals are not tourist friendly -moving their vehicles restlessly 

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     go now.......before mass tourism sets in 

Xitang Things to Do

  • Button Museum

    The museum has a wide collection of various kinds of buttons. The methods of display aren't wonderful but the part of the museum where they display the machinery originally used to make buttons out of shells is unique and well worth a look.

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  • The Wang family

    This is the residence of the Wang family,the decedents of Wang Yuan,a military official in the Song Dynasty (960-1279).The Wang family is also one of the richest family in Xitang olden times and their residence is now one of the must visit when visiting Xitang today.

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  • Zhongfu Tang

    This is the residence of the Wang family,the decedents of Wang Yuan,a military official in the Song Dynasty (960-1279).The building is a typical architecture in the Ming & Qing Dynasty which include 7 rows of houses & a garden.The Zhongfu Hall is situated in the 3rd row and these words are written by Chen Bangyan,a member of the imperial Academy of...

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Xitang Hotels

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  • World Expo Hotel

    No.555 Jiashan Avenue, Jiashan County, Zhejiang, 314100, China

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Golden Jasmine Hotel

    No.1 North Tangong Road, Jiashan County, Zhejiang, 314100, China

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Xitang Holiday Jiashan

    185 West Nanyuan Road, Jiashan County, Zhejiang, 314102, China

    Good for: Families

Xitang Restaurants

  • River-Food & Local yellow win

    Xi Tang is located in Zhe Jiang area, and lots of rivers & streams that provides unique "river-food" cuisines. Different from seafoods, the taste is much more mile and fresh. I only had time to treat myself a dinner, a breakfast + a lunch for this one-day trip. But i was very satisfied with plenty of local snacks. "River-food"For fish / shell...

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  • Sip tea in a riverfront restaurant

    The location of Qiangtang Renjia (left) is unbeatable, ideally located at the corner of two branches of rivers, it offers the best view, especially if you get a window seat upstair. The Ming Qing Shidai (right) is a newly built big mansion across the river from Qiantang Renjia. The view

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    4 Hotels in Xitang

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Xitang Nightlife

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    everywhere looks the same at night... 1 more image

    by ahgwor Written Sep 23, 2007

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    There is almost no night life in Xi Tang(I mean, no pubs, no bars, no discos...). As this is historical town in China, and still there are old villagers live there, nights are calm and peace. Well, best thing to do is to hang out in a good restaurant, drink and chat in there. For photographers, you can snap shots some night views.. remember to bring tripod.

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Xitang Transportation

  • Various transportation methods

    There're various ways to get to Xitang. There're departures by coach from the Shanghai Stadium, but this method though more hassle-free, is slightly more expensive, and the timing is also inflexible. My recommendation is to take a bus/train to Jiashan, then change to a taxi/minibus to Xitang.For bus, you'll need to go to Shanghai South...

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  • Boat trip

    Hiring a boat is a nice way to see (and get seen by) Xitang . The price is not so cheap. But there is a lot of place on the boat. So if you talk a bit with other people who are standing around the boats ,you can hire it together and devide the price.

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  • Feet or Boat

    The interesting part of the city is its old town part, small enough to walk around, if you have plenty of time, try to take a boat tour rowed by local people, very pleasant.Local people do bike even under the covered riverside stone streets, but you need to learn how to move your bike over the arched stone bridges first - just follow what the...

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Xitang Shopping

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    by ellyse Written Mar 7, 2006

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    Woodcut prints on display/sale at the very furthest end of Zui4 Yuan2 (Drunken Garden) are quite nice. The old woodcut master (Wang Heng) will happily sign on the back of the piece for you and even pose for a photo. The garden itself wasn't much though, it was quite small.

    What to buy: Woodcut prints

    What to pay: They range from 15-25 RMB each depending on size, the largest ones may cost a bit more.

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Xitang Tourist Traps

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    by ellyse Written Mar 7, 2006

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    Some of the ticketed attractions were quite disappointing, I wouldn't have gone in if I didn't have a combined ticket. Those included the tile museum, furniture museum (felt more like a shop), the various "residences" (maybe I've seen too much of similar ones) etc. If you've seen the nicer gardens in Suzhou/elsewhere, feel free to skip the Xi1 Yuan2 (West Garden) and Zui4 Yuan2 (Drunken Garden).

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Xitang Off The Beaten Path

  • Staying overnight

    Xitang is prettiest at dawn and dusk, so try to stay overnight if you can. The ticketed attractions can more or less be done in half a day, so come in the late afternoon and leave the next day after lunch.

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  • Yummy pastries

    Peanut and sesame pastries at a small shop near the Huanxiu bridge (walking in the direction of Songzilaifeng bridge), freshly made by a young lad. If you can read Chinese characters, the shop's name is "Long Feng" (Dragon Phoenix). Feel free to try before you buy!

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  • Admission fees

    It's 30 RMB for admission to Xitang only (exclusive of 11 ticketed attractions), 60 RMB for combined ticket (inclusive of 11 ticketed attractions) and another 60 RMB for a guide (well, not sure if they've English-speaking ones). You can also choose to buy the 30 RMB ticket and then buy separate tickets for the ticketed attractions that you wish to...

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  • Sunset

    Xitang is at its prettiest at dawn and dusk, so try to be around at those times. Staying overnight is a good idea!

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  • Websites with local info

    Local websites with travel info:English version: http://www.xitang.com.cn/eindexx1.htmChinese version: http://www.xitang.com.cn/http://www.xitang.net/http://www.jsxt.com/index.htmhttp://www.jsdj.com/luyou/lyzy/zjxitang.htmhttp://www.go8000.com/htdocs/tbch/xitang.htm

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  • "ZHONGFU" HALL

    Zhongfu Hall is a private mansion. Built in 17 century, Zhongfu Hall is a typical folk residence style for Ming and Qing Dynasties, with 7 lines together with a back garden. This picture shows the central hall which is the third line of the residence.Obviously it isn’t for a common people. The owner is the later generation of an officer of Song...

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