Also known as the “Venice of Shanghai,” Zhujiajiao is the best preserved of the four ancient water towns in the Shanghai area. With a history dating back over 1,700 years, Zhujiajiao is full of lovely canals and waterways, small alleys, picturesque bridges, and ancient buildings, many from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The best way to explore Zhujiajiao is on foot and by boat. Many guided tours will feature both a walk through the town, with stops at top attractions like the Khezi Gardens and Fangsheng Bridge. A gondola cruise down the canals is a another popular option. A trip to Zhujiajiao can also be combined with other attractions in Shanghai, such as the Oriental Pearl Tower and a museum, and activities such as a dinner cruise or an acrobatic show. Opt for a private tour to personalize your trip to Zhujiajiao with other must-see attractions on your list.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Zhujiajiao is a must-visit for history buffs and photographers.
- While Zhujiajiao itself is free to visit, some of the attractions in town charge an admission fee, including Kezhi Garden, Y-Art Gallery, and Qing Dynasty Post Office.
- Combo tickets featuring multiple attractions are available.
How to Get There
Zhujiajiao is located 16 miles (26 kilometers) from downtown Shanghai. For those not visiting as part of a tour, it’s possible to take either the metro (Line 17 to Zhujiajiao Station) or the bus (Huzhu Express Line or Huzhu Special Line to Zhujiajiao Bus Station) to Zhujiajiao.
When to Get There
Zhujiajiao can be visited year-round. It’s very popular during weekends and on public holidays. Visit Monday through Friday to avoid the crowds.
Bridges of Zhujiajiao
Zhujiajiao is also famous for its many bridges. There are 36 wooden, stone, and marble bridges, in different shapes and styles, throughout the town. Don’t miss Fangsheng Bridge, the longest and tallest stone bridge in the area. Built in 1571, it’s renowned for its Dragon Gate Stone, engraved with eight dragons around a shining pearl. Another popular bridge is Lang Bridge (Veranda Bridge), the town’s only wooden bridge and one of its most photographed.