Excellent tour with an excellent guide--Zhouzhuang is beautiful. Lots of traffic on the freeway between there and Shanghai, especially going back into the city during the evening rush hour. Not a problem, just be aware that you may get back late if you're planning an early dinner.
mark palmer United Kingdom
Lovely little tourist village with a song on a boat ride!
JennyC United States of ...
Highly recommend. Lots of shops and local atmosphere.
We were picked up at our hotel promptly by two charming local guides who spoke good English. There were only four people on the tour so it was very personalised and we got to interact with the guides. The village was very interesting as was travelling to it. Our guides were very informative and we were impressed with the whole tour.
I recommend this tour to anyone staying in Shanghai for more than a day. Strolling along the water and the actual ride on the water was great. Definitely agree to tip the lady paddling the boat to sing to you. It's unforgettable and you can really make there day my tipping them a couple dollars worth.
Great day really enjoyed the tour. Was something very different, loved the beautiful singing on the boat
We found the Zhouzhaung Water Village to be beautiful and very interesting. Glad we took the time out to take this tour. Only negative was the long ride time from Shanghai to the water village.
The tour is very good and the village is very beautiful. However, there are some points that I didn't like that much:
1. The trip takes 1 hour and a half, each way. And by the time the tour leaves your hotel (around 2PM) the traffic is quite chaotic in Shanghai for the first half hour. When you come back, around 5:30 - 6, the traffic is even worse. The tour company can't do anything about the traffic, of course, but they could plan it better to try to avoid as much traffic as possible.
2. The actual time you spend at the village is short, 1 hour or so. It makes sense because the excursion is "half-day" but still they could plan it better to spend more time there.
The good points are:
* Apparently the village was open to the public on 1995, which makes it one of the newest ones and more 'preserved'; thus, not SUPER full of tourists like everywhere else in China. Do expect some people though, it is China after all...
* The boat ride IS relaxing and cool. I was the only one in the tour (with the guide) and I felt it could be awkward, but it wasn't. It was just cool and relaxing just as they say in the description.
* You see old people in the village, living there. The atmosphere is great. The private house that the tour takes you into is very interesting and nice too.
No shopping stops and the guide had very good english. Overall a good experience!
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