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Zhouzhuang Water Town Tours

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Zhouzhuang Water Town
Nine-century-old Zhouzhuang Water Town, 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 Water Town 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 ancient town 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 water 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 Water Town, 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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Suzhou Private Transfer to Zhouzhuang Water Town with Shanghai Drop-off Option

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$84,10
Price varies by group size
From
US$84,10
Price varies by group size
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Suzhou Private Tour with Jinji Lake and Zhouzhuang Water Town including Lunch

Suzhou Private Tour with 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 and the Moon Harbor which is the best location for Jinji Lake view. 1. Have a boat ride around the famous water town 2. Travel round trip from Suzhou to Zhouzhuang Water Town in a single day 3. Learn about the history and tradition from an expert guide 4. Enjoy free time to explore Zhouzhuang and Jinji Lake on your own
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$224,30
Price varies by group size
From
US$224,30
Price varies by group size

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