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Wuzhen Pictures – Wuzhen Photo Gallery

Monday, April 1st, 2013
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Wuzhen is a historic water town which lies in the center of a triangle formed by Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai. Wuzhen Water Town is located in the city of Tongxian in the northen Zhejiang Province, 80km to the northeast of Hangzhou, 80km to the south of Suzhou and 140km to the southwest of Shanghai. There are daily long-distance buses going directly to Wuzhen from Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shanghai and Jiaxing.

If you are planning your Hangzhou tour, Suzhou tourKwww.tong or Shanghai tour, a side trip to Wuzhen is highly recommended. Wuzhen is the typical water town in the Yangtze river delta region. It has well preserved the layout and the style of a water town in Ming and Qing dynasties.
The waterways crisscross Wuzhen Town, mainly dividing the town into 4 areas  Dongzha (east), Xizha (west), Nanzha (south), and Beizha (north). The water paths are incorporated into the ancient grand canal. Wuzhen ancient town dislays its charm and history through its ancient stone bridges, stone pathways, ornate wood carvings.
Beside its waterways, stone bridges and ancient buildings, Wuzhen also gives you the opportunity to appreciate the ordinary life in the Ming and Qing dynasties through its well preserved old house-turned theme museums, shops and organizations such as Ancient Bed Museum, Folk Custom Museum, Wine Distillery Workshop, Indigo Fabric Workshop, Woodcarving Museum, Coin Museum, The Former Residence of Mao Dun, Shadow Play, Fanglu Teahouse, Huiyuan Pawnshop, Wedding Museum, Zhaoming Academy, Chinese Footbinding Culture Museum, Wuzhen Post Office, Wuzhen Grand Theater, Heal town Pharmacy, and Yida Silk Workshop.
Follow me to have a photo tour of Wuzhen Water Town.
Wuzhen Water Town is dubbed as “Venice of the East”. The waterways form the water streets or lanes connect bridges and street buildings and houses.
Wuzhen Water Town is dubbed as Venice of the East.

Wuzhen Water Town is dubbed as Venice of the East.

A humpback stone bridge over the canal linking two blocks of the traditional houses.
A humpback stone bridge over the canal linking two blocks of the traditional houses.

A humpback stone bridge over the canal linking two blocks of the traditional houses.

 
The slab paved lanes flanked by the old wooden houses in Wuzhen.
The slab paved street flanked by the old wooden houses in Wuzhen.

The slab paved street flanked by the old wooden houses in Wuzhen.

A stone beam bridge spans the waterway.
A beam stone bridge over the canal

A beam stone bridge over the canal

The old wood houses built by the water pathway.
The old wood houses built by the water pathway.

The old wood houses built by the water pathway.

Many building protrude above the water for more spaces with stone pillars supporting in the water.
Many building protrude above the water

Many building protrude above the water

The narrow street with long chairs goes along the canal
The narrow street with long chairs goes along the canal

The narrow street with long chairs goes along the canal

Wuzhen Water Town is not a artificial replica of the historic town, and it is a natural town still inhabitated by the local residents.
Wuzhen Water Town is not a artificial replica of the historic town, and it is still inhabitated by the local residents.

Wuzhen Water Town is not a artificial replica of the historic town, and it is still inhabitated by the local residents.

Washing clothes by making the water of the canal. Local residents still keep the original water town life.
Local residents still keep the original water town life.

Local residents still keep the original water town life.

A traditional shop for local wine and liquor
A traditional shop for for local wine and liquor

A traditional shop for for local wine and liquor

Stroll on the narrow lane paved with stone slabs with the hanging laundry that sways overhead
Stroll on the narrow lane paved with stone slabs with the hanging laundry that sways overhead

Stroll on the narrow lane paved with stone slabs with the hanging laundry that sways overhead

A traditional kitchen
A traditional kitchen

A traditional kitchen

A local souvenir shop
A local souvenir shop

A local souvenir shop

A traditional Wine Distillery Workshop
A traditional Wine Distillery Workshop

A traditional Wine Distillery Workshop

An indigo Fabric Workshop
An indigo Fabric Workshop

An indigo Fabric Workshop

What’s in his mind? Can the historic town survive the internet age?
Can the historic town survive the internet age

Can the historic town survive the internet age

Wuzhen Water Town is akin to a scroll of Chinese painting.
Wuzhen Water Town is akin to a scroll of Chinese painting.

Wuzhen Water Town is akin to a scroll of Chinese painting.

Painting a beautiful life! We need a slow life, we need clean water and fresh air more than the growth of GDP.
Painting a beautiful life! We need a slow life, we need clean water and fresh air more than the

Painting a beautiful life! We need a slow life, we need clean water and fresh air more than the

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Zhouzhuang Pictures – Zhouzhuang Photo Gallery

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
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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.
Walk to the entrance to the old water town of Zhouzhuang

Walk to the entrance to the old water town of Zhouzhuang

A traditional white-washed house
A traditional white-washed house

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.
A boat ride offers people a close look at the historial houses and bridges

A boat ride offers people a close look at the historial houses and bridges

Zhouzhuang is quite famous for its stone bridges with different shapes. The beam bridge is across the river.
The beam bridge is across the river.

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.
A stone hump bridge spans an narrow river

A stone hump bridge spans an narrow river

Rows of traditional houses stand by the rivers and bridges far away from the hustle and bustle
Rows of traditional houses stand by the rivers and bridges far away from the

Rows of traditional houses stand by the rivers and bridges far away from the

Some houses have been turned into tea houses and restaurants
Some houses have been turned into tea houses and restaurants

Some houses have been turned into tea houses and restaurants

A few waterways are quite narrow
A few waterways are quite narrow

A few waterways are quite narrow

This is the famous twin-bridge – round and beam bridges indicating the sky and earth.
This is the famous twin-bridge

This is the famous twin-bridge

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
Tired of the noisy world and get lost in Zhouzhuang

Tired of the noisy world and get lost in Zhouzhuang

Overlooking the river sandwiched by the traditional houses from a bridge
Overlooking the river sandwiched by the traditional houses from a bridge

Overlooking the river sandwiched by the traditional houses from a bridge

Boats are docking on the narrow canal
Boats are docking on the narrow canal

Boats are docking on the narrow canal

Enter Shen House, the most wealthy family in Zhouzhuang in Qing Dynasty
Enter Shen Mansion, the most wealthy family in Qing Dynasty

Enter Shen Mansion, the most wealthy family in Qing Dynasty

Shen Family’s kitchen
Shen Family's kitchen

Shen Family’s kitchen

Upturned roof or eaves along with white walls and black tiles reflected on th river.
Upturned roof or eaves along with white walls and black tiles reflected on th river.

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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How to Visit Zhouzhuang

Monday, December 3rd, 2012
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Plan your Suzhou tour or Shanghai tour? It is highly recommended to have an excursion to Zhouzhuang (周庄) either from Suzhou or Shanghai. Zhouzhuang is known as the No.01 Watertown in China. This over-900 year old watertown has become a trove of oriental culture with its simple and pristine custom, unique folklore, the well preserved ancient residential houses and mesmerising watertown views.
 
Zhouzhuang is the most typical of all the water towns in Jiangnan (south of Yangtze River) in the triangle area of Yangtze River Delta. “Zhouzhuang” literally means “Zhou’s village”, a village named after Zhou Digong. Zhou Digong was a pious buddhist. In 1088 during the Northern Song Dynasty, Zhou Digong donated his 13 hectares of land to the local Fuquan Temple as its temple property. Later the local villagers called the land “Zhou Village” – Zhouzhuang in appreciation for Zhou Digong’ generosity.
 
How to get there
1. Suzhou – Zhouzhuang
You may take a long-distance bus to Zhouzhuang from the Suzhou Railway Station North Square Passenger Bus Station or from Suzhou North Bus Station.
Operating hour: 6:00 – 17:30
Bus ticket: RMb 17
When you arrive at Zhouzhuang Long-distance Bus Station, you still need to take a RMB10 taxi ride from the bus station to the entrance to Zhouzhuang.
 
2. Suzhou – Tongli – Zhouzhuang
You may visit Tongli Ancient Town and Zhouzhuanng on the same for a day trip from Suzhou. Taking a bus first to Tongli from the Suzhou Railway Station North Square Passenger Bus Station or from Suzhou North Bus Station. After sightseeing in Tongli, take a half hourbus ride from Tongli Bus Station to Jiangze (江择). Jiangze County is only 300m away from Zhouzhuang, but Jiangze is under the administration of Wujiang District of Suzhou whike Zhouzhuang is under the jurisdiction of Kunshan City.
 
3. Shanghai – Zhouzhuang
Take the long-distance bus from Shanghai Northern Long-distance bus sation.
 
Entrance Fee: RMB 100
Enquiry: 4008282900
Complaint: 0512-57211654
Medical Care: 0512-57216107 (Day)
Medical care: 0512-57219990 (Night) 
 
Follow me to visit Zhouzhuang
After visiting Tongli ancient watertown, I walk to the Tongli Bus Station and jump on the bus for Jiangze (江泽),the last stop of the bus line with a bus fare of RMB 1. 
 
Taking a public bus from Tongli to Jiangze (江泽), 300m away from Zhouzhuang. 

Taking a public bus from Tongli to Jiangze (江泽), 300m away from Zhouzhuang.

 
The bridge is a division line between Zhouzhuang(周庄) and Jiangze County (江泽). I get off the bus and leave the bus station of Jiangze. I walk on my right side. Soon I come across a bridge which is said to be the divided line between Zhouzhuang and Jiuangze.

The bridge is a division line between Zhouzhuang(周庄) and Jiangze County (江泽).

 
 
Crossing the bridge, soon I see a decorated archway inscribed with two big Chinese charactors “周庄” – Zhouzhuang. It is the main stree of Zhouzhuang leading to the main entrance to the ancient water town. 

a decorated archway inscribed with two big Chinese charactors 周庄

Wandering along the major commercial avenue in Zhouzhuang.

Wandering along the major commercial avenue in Zhouzhuang

 
Soon I notice a road direction signboard pointing to the main entrance to the Zhouzhuang old water town.

a road direction signboard pointing

 
Looking at the signboard, I turn to the right and stroll on a wide street leading to the mainain entrance. The street is teeming with streetfront and restaurants.
 
Local specialities like tea, wine, snacks and the list could be much longer. 

Local specialities like tea, wine, snacks and the list could be much longer.

Wanshan Hock is one of the most delicious Wansan pork hock,named after Shen Wansan, the richest man in the late Yuan and early Ming Dynasty in Jiangnan.

Wanshan Hock is one of the most delicious Wansan pork hock,

 
A stone archway bridge with its reflection on the water and overhead willow trees falling over the bridge.

A stone archway bridge with its reflection on the water and overhead willow trees falling over the bridge.

 
A boat at anchor well protected with rain proof cover.

A boat at anchor well protected with rain proof cover.

 
There are many old residential houses with faded white-washed wall and till inhabited by the local village.

old residencial houses with faded white-washed wall and till inhabited by the local village.

 
A boat lady is slowly row the boat and come to us. Though the man is very active and to the point for shopping them.

A boat lady is slowly row the boat

 
Boat, Bridge and traditional residential houses

Boat, Bridge and traditional residential houses

 
The boat is passing by the residential house with its laundry hanging outside.

The boat is passing by the residential house with its laundry hanging outside.

 
The waterway is quite narrow and the residences on the both side could talk and shake hands with each other. 

The waterway is narrowing

A square archway stone bridge

A square archway stone bridge

 
The white-washed houses floating on the canal with amazing reflection on the water.

The white-washed houses floating on the canal with amazing reflection on the water.

 
 
A pretty stone archway bridge spans the canal.

A pretty stone archway bridge spans the canal.

 
Some passengers are getting on the boats on the canal cruise tour.

Some passengers are getting on the boats on the canal cruise tour.

 
Boating on the canal like The Venice in the East.

Boating on the canal like The Venice in the East.

 
The famous double bridges – a round archway bridge and a square archway bridge.

The famous double bridges – a round archway bridge and a square archway bridge.

 
An archway bridge is on the cross riverway.

An archway bridge is on the cross riverway.

 
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