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If you are in the process of planning your Suzhou tour or Shanghai tour, a glimpse of Zhouzhuang Water Town is worth your time. Zhouzhuang is reputed as the No.01 Water Town in China and “Venice in the East”. Under the jurisdiction of Kunshan City, it is located 45km to the southest of Suzhou and 80km to the west of Shanghai. Zhouzhuang stands out from the numerous water towns dotted around the Yangtze River Delta mainly due to its complete and well preserved old houses, bridges and canals coupled with unique culture annd history. Now Zhouzhuang has been included in the UNESCO Tentative List for World Cultural Heritage Sites.
How to visit Zhouzhuang Water Town? There are plentiful buses running either from Suzhou or Shanghai to Zhouzhuang. Many local travel agencies operate daily bus tours visiting Zhouzhuang from Shanghai and Suzhou. So you can join in the coach tours starting from your hotel or go to your nearest long-distance bus station and jump onto a bus for Zhouzhuang.
Shanghai Suzhou Zhouzhuang One Day Bus Tour is available daily with complimentary pick up from your hotel in Shanghai. For more information on the public transport from Suzhou to Zhouzhuang, please refer to my post “How to visit Zhouzhuang Water Town“.
Follow me to have a photo tour of Zhouzhuang.
Passing through the center of Zhouzhuang Town, then walk to the entrance to the old water town of Zhouzhuang.
A traditional white-washed house
Zhouzhuang is surrounded and divided by lakes and rivers with over a dozen of stone bridges crossing the rivers. Boating on the rivers and canals are an interesting trip allowing you to have a close look at the houses and bridges on the both sides.
Zhouzhuang is quite famous for its stone bridges with different shapes. The beam bridge is across the river.
Zhouzhuang abounds in waterways. The old white-washed wooden houses are lined along the rivers and lakes with slab bases.
Rows of traditional houses stand by the rivers and bridges far away from the hustle and bustle
Some houses have been turned into tea houses and restaurants
A few waterways are quite narrow
This is the famous twin-bridge – round and beam bridges indicating the sky and earth.
Walking on the stone paths and slab bridges gives you a kind of spiritual comfort and quietness
Tired of the noisy world and get lost in Zhouzhuang
Overlooking the river sandwiched by the traditional houses from a bridge
Boats are docking on the narrow canal
Enter Shen House, the most wealthy family in Zhouzhuang in Qing Dynasty
Shen Family’s kitchen
Upturned roof or eaves along with white walls and black tiles reflected on th river.
A close look at the boats, the houses and the canal.
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Plan your Shanghai Tour? If you visit London, one thing you must do is to cruise on Thames River. It is same as in Shanghai. No Shanghai tour is perfect without cruising on Shanghai Huangpu River. Huangpu River in Shanghai VS River Thames in London tells the similarity of the importance of the two rivers for the two world famous citie.
Cruise Routes & Prices
At present, there are two kinds of cruises on Huangpu River – Highlight Cruise (1 hour) and Classic Cruise (over 3 hours)
Highlight Cruise 1 hour & Prices:
Starting from the Shiliupu Wharf ( No.171, Zhongshan Nan Lu ), to the Bund, Binjiang Avenue, Shangri-la, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yangpu River Bridge, “U” turn back to Waibaitu Bridge, the colonial buildings and back to the pier. This is a highlight of the cruise trip on Huangpu River. You are able to enjoy the mixed view of the old and clonial buildings on the west of Huangpu River and the futuristic and trendy skyscrapers on the east.
Opening hour: 10:00 – 21:00 ( Cruising very half hours)
Cruising Time: 45 minutes – 1 hours
Cruises to be used: Depending on the cruise boat schedule
Prices” RMB 100
Classic Cruise over 3 hours and Prices:
Starting from the Shiliupu Wharf ( No.171, Zhongshan Nan Lu ), to the Bund, Binjiang Avenue, Shangri-la, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yangpu River Bridge, “U” turn back at wusongkou, to Waibaitu Bridge, the colonial buildings and back to the pier. This cruise gives you a better picture of Huangpu River, which meets Yangtze River at Wusongkou.
Opening hour: 14:00 – 17:30 ( one cruise one day)
Cruising Time: 3 – 4 hours
Cruises to be used: Depending on the cruise boat schedule
Prices” RMB 150
1) Children under 1.2 meters high: free of charge
2) Children above 1.2 meters high: charged as an adult
3) One adult only can take one child free of charge
At present, 19 cruise boats of different sizes are available cruising on Huangpu River. The largest cruise ship (Huangpu River Cruise No.01) holds as many as one thousand passengers witht he smallest boat carrying 80 people.
Some boats are built with traditional Chinese culture elements; some look much trendy and brilliant. Choose your own favorite boat!
Cruise Wharf and how to get there
The cruise pier is located on Shiliupu Wharf, just south of the Bund, No.171, Zhongshan Nan Lu, Shanghai. The embarking dock is Gate 3, Shiliupu Wharf Tourism Center.
There are two embarking areas along the long Shiliupu Wharf. Either areas are all right as long as you come the right dock for your boating.
Take the subway line 2 and get off at Nanjing Dongl Lu (Nanjing East Road), then walk along the Bund to the Shiliupu Wharf. If you have a hop on and hop off ticket, you can easily get to the wharf sice the double decker bus route has a stop at Shiliupu Wharf.
Take bus 33, 55, 65, 305, 868, 910, 928 and get off at the bus stop of Shiliupu.
How to book the Huangpu River Cruise Tickets
The Shiliupu Wharf Tourism Center has two ticket booking offices, which are both located on the underground flooor. You are required to take an escalator to the ticket booking counter. Several ways to get your tickets.
Phone booking: 021-61028992
Book your cruise tickets by send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you may go directly to Shiliupu Wharf for ticket booking.
Night Cruise on Huangpu River
Cruising on Huang River at night is highly recommended with the lit brilliantly skyline of Pudong rife with skyscrapes and the lit Bund with beautiful colonial buildings.
Plan your Shanghai tour? Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport has two terminals – Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2). The terminal 1 is the old Shanghai Hongqiao Airport located east of the present Terminal 2. Terminal 1 and terminal 2 are linked by subway line 2 and 10 as well as free inter-shuttle buses.
Terminal 2 is actually part of the Hongqiao Tranportation Hub, the largest traportation hub in China covering railway station, airport, subway, taxi, city bus and long-distance bus. The terminal 2 is adjacent to the terminal building of Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station .
Terminal 1 is about 3km to the east of Terminal 2, 20 minutes by bus.
Terminal 1 has two parts – Building A and Building B. The building B is exclusively for Spring Airlines, and the building A is for All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Korean Air and flights to Japan and Korea by Shanghai Airlines, China Eastern Airlines.
The terminal 2 was opened to the public on March 16, 2010. Terminal 2 is designed for domestic flights, about the 4 times the size of the Terminal 1 and now accommodates 90 percent of all airlines at the airport while Terminal 1 is now exclusively for international flights and Spring Airline.
11 airlines use the new terminal (T2): China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Air China, China Southern Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, Sichuan Airlines and Juneyao Airlines.
The terminal 2 builing has three floors above the ground and one underground for subways. The arrival hall is on the first floor. The departure hall is on the third floor.
Outside the third floor – the departure floor of Terminal 2
Flight check-in counters inside the departure floor (F3)
Arrival floor – the first floor (F1)
Subway Line 2 and Line 10, and long-distance bus are on the underground floor (B1), linking Terminal 2 to the city of center of Shanghai.
Taxi stands and free inter shuttle buses to terminal 1 are outside the first floor (F1).
You are able easily to walk from Terminal 2 to the terminal builing of Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and vice versa.
The terminal 1 is actually the former “Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport”. Terminal 1 has two parts – Building A and Building B. The building B is exclusively for Spring Airlines, and the building A is for All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Korean Air and flights to Japan and Korea by Shanghai Airlines, China Eastern Airlines.
Building B for international flights by Shanghai Airlines, China Eastern Airlines
Building A for for All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Korean Air and flights to Japan and Korea by Shanghai Airlines, China Eastern Airlines.
The terminal 1 is a two storey building. The first floor is built for arrival floor and the second floor for departure floor.
Building A Departure Hall (F2)
The taxi stand is outside the first floor of the building A of Terminal 1.
The subway line 10 links the terminal 1 with the city center of Shanghai.
Free inter-shuttle bus line connects Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. T1 and T2 are 3km apart, 20 minutes by bus.
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