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Zhouzhuang
The 900-year-old water town of Zhouzhuang, the oldest water township in China and one of the most famous, comprises a network of scenic canals, 14 stone bridges, and well-preserved buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties. The late Chinese painter Chen Yifei immortalized the village in his paintings.

The Basics
The town of Zhouzhuang ranks among the most popular day-trip destinations from Shanghai. These tours typically include a Chinese-style gondola ride through the canals, a walk across the town’s famous Double Bridge, and visits to a few of the town’s historic residences. Many day trips also include a stop in nearby Suzhou to explore some of its UNESCO World Heritage–listed gardens and tour a silk-spinning factory. For those visiting independently, the town itself charges a modest admission fee, but this includes entrance to all attractions; organized boat rides cost extra. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A visit to Zhouzhuang is a must for couples, history buffs, and photographers.
  • Most day trips to Zhouzhuang include hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Guided tours to Zhouzhuang from Shanghai can last anywhere from six to 10 hours, depending on the option chosen.
  • How to Get There
  • Zhouzhuang is located about 90 minutes by car from the urban sprawl of Shanghai and not far from Suzhou. The easiest way to get there is by joining a guided tour, but it’s also possible to catch a bus from any of Shanghai’s long-distance bus stations.

When to Get There
While the town itself is always open, its scenic spots and attractions are typically open from 8am to 4:30pm. Plan to arrive early, stay late, or spend the night to take in the atmosphere without the crowds of day-trippers. Avoid visiting on Chinese public holidays or summer weekends.

Wansan’s Pig Shank
If you have time for lunch in Zhouzhuang, consider sampling the local specialty, Wansan’s pig shank (also called Wansan’s elbow or Wansan’s hoof). A Ming dynasty dish commonly served while entertaining guests, Wansan’s pig shank is made by braising a pork hock for several hours.
Address: Zhouzhang, Eastern China, China
Admission: Varies
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Day Trips

Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai

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Appreciate China’s provincial delights during a full-day tour of two charming traditional towns from Shanghai. Escape the metropolitan mayhem of the city and see how daily life has remained unchanged in these quaint and ancient enclaves. With an accomplished guide, stroll amid the botanical beauty of Suzhou’s gorgeous gardens; cruise along the waterways of Zhozhuang on a Chinese-style gondola; and appease your appetite with a delicious Chinese lunch in a rustic restaurant. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Shanghai hotel.
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  • 10 hours
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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Independent Tour of Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village from Shanghai

This self-guided day trip offers your a comfortable private transfer service between Shanghai and Suzhou plus Zhouzhuang water village. Discover beautiful scenery of Suzhou and the number 1 famous water village Zhouzhuang at your own pace. Accompanied by your friendly private driver, and visit the top attractions based on your interests in Suzhou such as Humble Administrator's Garden, historical Pingjiang Road and etc.. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride in Zhouzhuang water village.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Day Trips

Mini Group: One-Day Zhouzhuang and Jinxi Water Town Tour from Shanghai

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Explore two of China’s water towns on this Zhouzhuang and Jinxi day trip from Shanghai. Discover Zhouzhuang, a canal-woven settlement considered one of the world’s most beautiful towns. Ride a gondola to see the waterfront bustle and view three courtyard houses. After lunch, continue to quieter, 2000-year-old Jinxi, famous for its 36 bridges and especially photogenic in the afternoon light. Air-conditioned transport, lunch, town admission fees, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 8 hours
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Custom Private Tours

Private Customized Suzhou Highlights Tour including Zhouzhuang Water Village

Explore beautiful Suzhou and the famous water village Zhouzhuang in this private day tour. Accompanied by your profession private guide, and visit the top attractions based on your interests in Suzhou such as Humble Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Road, Shantang Street or others. In addition, enjoy a relaxing boat ride in Tongli water village and experience the local culture.
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  • 8 hours
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Day Trips

Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour from Shanghai

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Visit the water town of Zhouzhuang — known as the 'Venice of the East’ — and admire its Ming and Qing dynasty architecture on visits to two grand historic residences and a scenic gondola cruise along its waterways. On this 5-hour tour, your guide takes you through the vast old Zhang House and Shen House. Admire the picturesque courtyards, arcades and rooms in the stately homes. The town combines other-worldly landscapes and stunning architecture, making it one of China’s top destinations and an easy trip from Shanghai.
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  • 5 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

Zhouzhuang Water Town Half Day Coah Tour from Shanghai with Boat Ride

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Experience a traditional Chinese water town on this half-day tour of Zhouzhuang from Shanghai. Admire historic landmarks such as Zhang Hall and Shen Hall on a walking tour of the ancient water village; shop for handicrafts including silk, Suzhou embroidery, and woven bamboo; and explore the maze-like canals on a boat cruise.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Bus & Minivan Tours

Half Day Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour from Shanghai

Getting to Zhouzhuang from Shanghai is time-consuming, expensive, or, occasionally, both. Let your guide take the strain on this convenient afternoon tour. Enjoy not only door-to-door round-trip transfers and entrance fees but a boat ride through the old town’s scenic canals and visits to the historic Zhang House and Shen House. Please note: a fuel surcharge is payable on check-in.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Bus & Minivan Tours

Zhouzhuang and Shanghai in One Day with Lunch

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If you’ve got limited time in Shanghai then look no further than this full-day tour of Shanghai and Zhouzhuang water village that offers a glimpse into ancient China. Tick off Zhouzhuang highlights such as Zhenfeng Bridge, Fu'an Bridge, and the Twin Bridges of Shide, before taking a whistle-stop tour of Shanghai to explore The Bund (Waitan) and Old French Concession. Lunch and all entrance fees are included for a seamless experience.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Private Transfers

Private Round Trip Transfer to Zhouzhuang Water Village from Shanghai

Enjoy door-to-door service in a comfortable private vehicle operated by a courteous friendly driver from your hotel or residential area in Shanghai to the beautiful Zhouzhuang Water Village, a town famous for its canals in Jiangsu province, China. It is located within the administrative area of Kunshan, 30 km southeast of the city centre of Suzhou. Explore the well preserved ancient residential houses and the elegant watery views. by your own. This is a private transfer service only, and Zhouzhuang admission is at your own cost
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  • 1 to 8 hours
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  • 1 to 8 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

A private tour with Suzhou Jinji Lake and Zhouzhuang Water Town including lunch

This private tour in Suzhou shows you the highlights of the city, including natural scenery of No.1 water town in China; boat ride around the famous water town; Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture appreciation. Zhouzhuang titled “the No.1 water town in China” is located within the administrative area of Kunshan, which is one of the county-level cities under the control of Suzhou and is a famous water town known for its profound cultural background, well-preserved ancient residential houses and elegant watery views.After paying a visit to Zhouzhuang,you will enjoy some free time in Moon Harbor which is the best location for Jinji Lake view.
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  • 7 hours
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Food Tours

Yangcheng Lake Hairy Crab Gourmet Tour with Zhouzhuang or Tongli Visit from Shanghai

Don't miss out the seasonal hairy crab between October to late November at famous Yangcheng Lake if you happen to be in Shanghai. In additional to the tasty hairy crab feast, you will visit Zhouzhuang water town where you can take a relaxing boat rate and stroll along the old street.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Private Transfers

Suzhou Private Transfer to Zhouzhuang Water Town with Shanghai Drop-off Option

Enjoy door-to-door service in a comfortable private vehicle operated by a courteous friendly driver from your Suzhou hotel, residential area or the train station to beautiful Zhouzhuang Water Village (approximately 50 kilometers from downtown Suzhou). This comfortable private car service usage duration is flexible between 1 to 8 hours and based on your preferred schedule. The drop-off location can be flexible based on your booking option, such as Zhouzhuang, Suzhou city, Shanghai City Center, or Shanghai Airport (PVG or SHA).
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  • 1 to 8 hours
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Private Day Trips

Private Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip with Lunch from Shanghai

Explore beautiful Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village with lunch at a delicious noodle restaurant during this amazing private day tour. It's the perfect landscaping and culture introduction of both Chinese gardens and water town. Pick any historical sites you want to visit in Suzhou like Humble of Administrator's Garden, Tiger Hill, Suzhou Museum and so on. Your private professional local guide will take good care of you and explain you all the history about each places. Followed by a visit to Zhouzhuang Water Town where you will enjoy a relaxing boat ride and walk along the canals. In addition, discover the traditional Chinese life by visiting the antiquated houses owned by high officials.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Multi-day Tours

4-Day Shanghai and Suzhou Private Tour including the Bund

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Journey from the dizzying metropolis of Shanghai to the serene canal ways of Suzhou on this unique 4-day tour, including 5-star accommodation, meals and round-trip train transport. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you stroll around Old Shanghai, tour the Shanghai Museum and visit the Yuyuan Garden, then attend an entertaining Shanghai Acrobatic Show. Finally, spend a full day admiring the classical gardens and ancient landmarks of Suzhou, including a scenic cruise along the Grand Canal.
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  • 4 days
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Suzhou Day Trip: Zhouzhuang Water Town and Pingjiang Road

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Visit two of the most scenic, popular destinations in and around Suzhou on this full-day, private tour. Don’t worry about logistics: you’ll meet your guide directly at your Suzhou accommodation, and will travel via comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Your first stop is Zhouzhuang: a centuries-old village striated by canals and rich in historical landmarks. After lunch (own expense), continue to one of Suzhou’s prettiest corners: Pingjiang Road, which abuts a canal. Go for a rickshaw ride through the surrounding neighborhood, and learn more about Suzhou’s history.
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  • 8 hours
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Eastern China

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Good Overview
LG964
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide Tom was excellent. He understood that we had read up on the histories of Suzhou and he added to our knowledge. We enjoyed the Master of Nets Garden which is a UNESCO site, and the water village of Zhouzhuang, where 20,000 people live and sell their wares.
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Fantastic Day out
roynorm91
, Aug 2019
We were picked up at our hotel at exactly he arranged time Meet by a delightful guide Annaliese, On the 29th July my wife & I decided to do Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai. We were picked up at exactly our pre-arranged time and meet by our delightful guide Aleena. We booked a group tour but due to changes became a personal tour, which turned out to be in our favour. Our very informative guide made it a day to remember. Our trip to Suzhou garden and Zhouzhuang village, a walk through the Village, then cruising on a gondola through the beautiful waterways made fun with our singing oars-lady. We then had free time to browse, but we choose to sit in the shade by the canal & watched the gondalas go by, as the temperatures was 36 deg. We then boarded our Coach for a very interesting visit to a silk processing factory then a delicious meal, then an enjoyable ride back to our Hotel, talking to Aleena about her country Aleena's English was excellent and she a delight, and was not imposing in anyway. (.Aleena in Chinese means "Eloquent " ). I would thoroughly recommend this Tour Roy and Jennifer
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Awsome
Irene J
, Jul 2019
Even though it was raining we still enjoyed our trip to "little Venice" - Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village. Also the silk factory was very interesting to see the silk worm to the finished product. Thank you Frank for an enjoyable day.
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Just beautiful!
Guide43123809564
, Jul 2019
I loved by Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day trip. This was a great way to get out of Shanghai city for a full day. Our Vehicle was very comfortable, Frank our guide was wonderful and our group was very small (and lovely!) My highlight was The water village, it was a really special place to visit and looked like it was out of a picture book! I would definitely recommend this tour to get you out of the big city and to experience some village life.
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Water Town in Shanghai
Go579670
, Jun 2019
Frank was our tour guide, and he did a great job explaining the history of the sights, yet the tour did not seemed rushed. The water town in Souzhou was magical from beginning to end. The Chinese Garden was enchanting and quaint. We had a memorable day!
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One Day Water Town tour from Shanghai
John A
, Jun 2019
A great trip.Picked up on time from our hotel on time and delivered back as per the schedule. Jack our tour guide was very proficient in English and our driver was also very accomplished behind the wheel.No scary moments.The tour itself was excellent and the crowds were not excessive.A good lunch was provided.Did an enjoyable boat trip and had to duck around the posing ladies getting photographed on the bridges.Everyone was very friendly and although there weren't many Westerners doing these tours the Chinese people were very polite and friendly.If you have blonde hair you will be asked to pose with bunches of giggling ladies but its all good fund.Thanks Jack for the experience.

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