Zhouzhuang is in between Shanghai and Suzhou city of Jiangsu province. it is a Very nice and well preserved water town. Zhouzhuang water town is a relaxed atmosphere with beautiful views and that makes the water town an attraction place for tourists. There are quite few nice places to visit, so make sure you dedicate at least a full day to this interesting water town. It is a tourist attraction town and many locals understand enough English to tell you the price or give you direction, so, don’t worry about learning Chines.
What to see in Zhouzhuang water town
Twin bridges/Shide Bridge and Yongan Bridge, are the most famous and are considered the symbol of Zhouzhuang. They were Built in 1573–1619 of the Ming Dynasty.
Chengxu Temple is a masterpieces of Taoist architecture With an area of almost 1,500 square meters.
Zhouzhuang Fugui Park has Magnificent views all around with Many water canals and rivers.
Fuan Bridge is a combination of ancient cross-river bridge. It was built in 1355 and rebuilt over time.
Foods to spoil yourself with
Inside the Zhouzhuang water village you can get decent food, both chinese and western. I recommend you try Wansan Pork Shank, the most famous local food of the area. It is named after the richest man in the early Ming Dynasty in Jiangnan. San Wei Yuan is another local food and is commonly called soup gluten. In the area of Jiangnan, rice balls are a delicious popular dish.
How to get to Zhouzhuang from Shanghai
It is around 2 hours ride with bus from Shanghai to Zhouzhuang and the buses leave from different places in Shanghai. Based on where in Shanghai you are, you can decide to either take the bus from Shanghai Stadium where the Zhouzhuang buses leave in the morning and come back in the afternoon or you can decide to take the train or rent a taxi.
Note: You need and entrance ticket for Zhouzhuang water town and the fee is 100 yuan per person for one day. Without the ticket, you can’t enter the area. There is an organized boat ride down the narrow canal. It costs around 40 yuan per head, or 100 yuan for a boat, which can be used by 1-6 people. The boat ride lasts around 30 minutes.