On this tour, visit two ancient water towns near Shanghai where time seems to have stood still.
Located in a suburb of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao is a classic water village over 400 years old with a signature five-arch bridge spanning the Cao Gang River. Zhujiajiao is sometimes called "Pearl Stream," as it is steeped in the architecture and atmosphere of the Ming and Qing dynasties of China.
Walk along the zigzag of narrow streets and past the shops in the center of town, and see how the locals really live as they go about their daily labors, sit in the sun and chat, or play cards with their neighbors.
Seven Treasure Town is another ancient village located outside of Shanghai. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Seven Treasures became a prosperous marketplace, known for its cloth, yarn, carpentry, rice wine and water. The textiles were treasured all over the world, with samples from the era still being displayed at the Great Museum of London.
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken in an air-conditioned coach or minivan for a sightseeing tour of the ancient Water Town of Zhujiajiao and Seven Treasure Town. An English-speaking tour guide will accompany you on this tour.
The drive from the suburbs of Shanghai to this charming, ancient water village takes about one hour.
On arrival at Zhujiajiao, set out with your guide to explore this town that has retained much of its looks and architecture from the Ming and Qing period. Small rivers crisscross the town, with 36 old bridges on them. Over 1,000 houses first built in Ming and Qing dynasties stand along both sides of nine narrow streets.
Walk on the stone path which is said to date back some hundreds of years and which still remains intact.
There are a lot of other things that you can see at Zhujiajiao:
The well-preserved Ming and Qing architecture, and ancient stone bridges and streets.
An ancestral Pottery and Jade Hall which has large collections of the stoneware, pottery and jade used by the local people. Also see the Hall of Paddy and Rice Custom.
The quaint Chinese medicine shop that contains all sorts of herbal medicines.
The Baoguo monastery, built during the Ming dynasty on Dianshan Lake. Nearby is a 1000-year old gingko tree and marble statue.
A post office, built during the Qing dynasty and which was one of the main post offices of Shanghai.
The Kezhi garden, considered to be one of the best traditional Chinese gardens. Nearby are the Silk Road Museum and the Buddha Temple.
Fangsheng Bridge, which is a stone-arch bridge built during the mid-Qing era. The imposing bridge is a landmark structure of Zhujiajiao and offers panoramic views of the entire town.
You will also enjoy a leisurely boat trip through the narrow water alleys of this ancient town, taste the local food, or relax by the river under majestic willow trees.
Zhujiajiao is also home to two impressive temples, which add to the charm and historic significance of the village.
After this, continue to the Seven Treasure Town, another ancient village located outside of Shanghai. Some of the sights you’ll enjoy here include a unique wedding hall inside the textile mill, a shop producing traditional rice wine, and other trades such as blacksmithing, bamboo craft and fine carpentry.
At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Shanghai.
I was the only one booked on this tour. Seven Treasure Town (Qibao): Quite feeble - 2 streets of tourists stalls. Zhujiajiao: While very tourist-orientated, it's very... MR ANDREW J MACEWAN
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Start time: 0900h (09:00am)
Duration: 8 hours
Your hotel in Shanghai.
(We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)
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