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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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Beijing Shanghai high speed rail

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
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Yesterday afternoon, nearly off work time around 6:00pm, I decided to go to Shanghai for urgent family matters the next day. The normal reaction was to book a flight from Beijing to Shanghai. But the high speed rail Beijing Shanghai changed my mind set. I would like to try the newly opened Beijing Shanghai High Speed Train.
 
I logged on to www.12306.cn for online ticket booking. After registration, then I got an email to reconfirm the registration, and began to book the train ticket I preferred. Everything went smoothly except the way of payment. I have credit cards and an paypal account, but all didn’t work. It requests me to have an online account at a bank, Bank of China etc. I was confused.
 
I had to give up online booking. At present, www.12306.cn is not very convenient for locals, even more difficult for foreigners. I had to go to the nearest train station – Beijing Railway Station. Though the high speed trains don’t start from Beijing Railway Station, it does have two windows selling high speed train tickets.
 
It was a long queue, taking me about 40 minutes to get a ticket, and I chose a second class seat ticket for G11 Beijing Shanghai starting the next day 8:00am, July 05, 2011 – that’s today.
 
Around 7:00am this morning, I take a taxi from my residental area to Beijing South Railway Station. The traffic is slim and I get to Departure Hall of Beijing South Railway Station shortly.   
 
Entering the east entrance and getting through the security check, I raise my head and look at the huge timetable board and get to know my check-in gate is Gate 15.
 

My check-in gate is Gate 15

 
Passengers are insertng their tickets into the slots and go down to the platform

Passengers are insertng their tickets into the slots and go down to the platform

 
Following the queue, I move on to the entrance. Inserting my computerized ticket into the slot, the door opened and I go down steps to the platform 15.

I go down steps to the platform 15.

 
The Coach 11 is my temporary home. 80 paasengers in one second class coach with 16 rows of 5 seats abreast ( 2 + 3 ). I’m lucky to have a 2 set window seat
 

The Coach 11 is my temporary home

Overhead Luggage rack
 

Overhead Luggage rack

A plug under the seats for powering laptops
 

A plug under the seats for powering laptops

Internet on Beijing Shanghai high speed trains is available, but its signal is too weak to be able to connect any laptops online. I have to give up and you are supposed to use your own wireless wan card.
 

Its signal is too weak to connect any laptops online

Lavatory at the end of each coach
 

Lavatory at the end of each coach

 
Luggage area both at the end and in the front of each coach
 

Luggage area both at the end and in the front of each coach

 
Trolley food cart
 

Trolley food cart

Box meals at the price RMB37 per set
 

Box meals at the price RMB37 per set

Hot drinking water
 

Hot drinking water

 
G11 Beijing Shanghai high speed train has three stops: Jinnan West 9:35am, Tengzhou 10:15am and 11:49am  Nanjing South and arriving at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station at 12:55.

Ticket Booking for Beijing Shanghai High Speed Rail

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
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A train attendant helps a passenger to adjust her seat at the business class carriage on a Beijing Shanghai High Speed Line By IB Times Staff Reporter

The long-expectes  Beijing Shanghai high speed rail starts to operate on July 01, 2011, a great day to be recorded into history. The high speed train ticket sale starts at 9:00am June 24, 2011.
 
For ticket booking, passengers are requested to log on to www.12306.cn, a service website run by China Railway customer service center. Unfortuatley, at the time of my writing, no English version for www.12306.cn. Hopefully its English web pages will come out soon for the benefit of the increasing number of foreign visitors and expats in China.
 
The high speed train tickets go on sale 5 days in advance of departure dates. You may go to the railway stations concened for ticket booking and purchasing on the spot. You are required to present your ID or passport when you are going to buy a ticket at the request of present “Real Name” ticket booking regulation enforced by the Ministry of China Railway.
 
If you have no time to go to the railway station for buying your high speed tickets, you may ask your travel agent or your hotel to purchase your ticket at a certain commision. You must send your scanned or copied ID document to your ticket agent.
 
The tickets for the high speed train ride between Beijing and Shanghai will range from RMB 410 yuan to RMB 1,750, based on different speeds and seat classes. The high speed trains will run between 250 and 300 km/h with the fastest time of four hours and 48 minutes for the Beijing Shanghai 1,318 km line.

If you are interested in a virtual tour of the Beijing Shanghai high speed line, please find below the useful and informative links:
 
Beijing Shanghai high speed railway to open on July 1
 
China to open Beijing Shanghai high speed rail  from July 1
 
The whole experience of the Beijing Shanghai high speed rail
 
Reporters experience trial run of Beijing Shanghai high-speed railway
 
Experience Beijing Shanghai high speed railway
 
Passengers experience in Beijing Shanghai high speed railway
 
There are 24 train stations on Beijing Shanghai High Speed Line, which will definitely boost the local tourism and further develop the local economy.