- Board a rowboat and float past picturesque ancient buildings and under stone bridges
- Learn about Wuzhen’s wine and textile industry at the Sanbai Wine Workshop and Hongyuan Thai dye house
- Enjoy an entertaining performance of shadow puppetry
What You Can Expect
Later on visit the Sanbai Wine Workshop, the only remaining winery in Wuzhen, built during the Song Dynasty. Brewing liquor was a huge industry in Wuzhen during the Ming Dynasty. There were over 20 distilleries in operation at the time. Witness how wine is made using traditional techniques.
Afterwards visit the Hongyuan Thai dye house to see the time-honored art of making indigo-dyed printed calico. Wuzhen is one of the principal sources of this flower-printed blue cloth. Elderly women still carry on the folk tradition of carefully weaving this textile. Watch the painstaking method of creating it and marvel at the final product of striking embossed blue cloth.
After a local Chinese style lunch, engage yourself in a unique display of Chinese performing arts - the shadow play show. This is an exceptional storytelling experience as the characters are handmade leather puppets behind a screen with a cast light upon them forming silhouettes. Accompanied by Chinese traditional instruments, such as the erhu and the flute, shadow play is a universally renowned Chinese cultural spectacle.
Finally no visit to a water town will be complete without taking a boat ride down the river. Board a rowboat and relax as you enjoy the sights of the old town and see people going about their daily lives. Float over the calm water and pass under picturesque stone bridges. After your boat ride take a walk around the town and then we will drive you back to your hotel in Hangzhou.
This trip was great. Our tour guide was fabulous and made adjustments to the itinerary to accommodate some limitations of one of our tour group. I especially appreciate that there was no high pressure shopping included in this trip. We did the trip on a weekend which meant there were large crowds a negative but it also meant that all of the special activities performances, etc were going on a positive.
Good experience but does not require a full day to visit