A great weekend getaway from hectic Shanghai
Some locals are not tourist friendly -moving their vehicles restlessly
go now.......before mass tourism sets in
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...more
No.555 Jiashan Avenue, Jiashan County, Zhejiang, 314100, China
Good for: Couples
No.1 North Tangong Road, Jiashan County, Zhejiang, 314100, China
Good for: Business
185 West Nanyuan Road, Jiashan County, Zhejiang, 314102, China
Good for: Families
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...more
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 viewmore
2 Reviews and Opinions
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.
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...more
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...more
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.
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).
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...more
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...more