Zhouzhuang

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  • From Shanghai: One-Day Zhouzhuang and Jinxi Small Group Tour

    1. From Shanghai: One-Day Zhouzhuang and Jinxi Small Group Tour

    8:00 AM -11:30 AM, Hotel pick-up and journey to Zhouzhuang Water Town: Your guide will be waiting for you in the lobby in the morning at an appointed time. A comfortable car will transfer you and your guide to Zhouzhuang: a water town built amid canals, ponds, and lakes. There are many old buildings and bridges, boat rides, crafts, framed by the quaint water town scenery. Feel free to take many photos and capture the beautiful views as seen in "Shanghai Triad". You will take a gondola and witness the way of life of people living by the canals, first hand. This medieval water town has a history dating back more than 900 years, and has houses and bridges built in both the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing dynasties (1644–1911). Visit the 3 most representative old houses into our itineraries to ensure you will not leave here without knowing of their provenance and history. (Includ...

  • From Shanghai: Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Town with Boat Ride

    2. From Shanghai: Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Town with Boat Ride

    Discover two picturesque Chinese towns, Suzhou and Zhouzhuang, each with its own unique characteristics. Founded in around 600 BC, Suzhou is one of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin. Its neighborhoods and interconnected waterways are truly a masterpiece. Suzhou was one of the few cities in China to escape the ravages of the Cultural Revolution, its celebrated gardens miraculously surviving largely intact. Visit the Master of Nets Garden, the Silk Embroidery Research Institute, the Grand Canal and a silk factory while in Suzhou. After a traditional Chinese lunch, you'll travel to Zhouzhuang. Well known for its beautiful natural environment and simple architecture, this city has remained remarkably well-preserved for over 900 years. The majority of the town's residences were built during the Ming and Qing dynasties, with nearly 100 classic courtyards and 60 carved-brick archways...

    The guide, Grace, its been very much well informed and gave us all the stories about the Suzhou and Watertown and the history about the silk factory. The 3 places we visit is very nice. Although we are walking a little bit far, but its fun though.

  • From Shanghai: Zhouzhuang Water Town Private Day Tour

    3. From Shanghai: Zhouzhuang Water Town Private Day Tour

    Start the day with pickup at your hotel. Then sit back and relax for 1.5 hours in the comfortable car while heading to the "Venice of the East" - Zhouzhuang Water Town. It is famous for its unique water system, Chinese styled bridges, and traditional buildings.  First, stop at an ancient theater where the locals used to enjoy the Kunming styled Opera, then walk over the famous Double Bridge to visit a 600-year-old Chinese mansion - Zhang Residence. The residence has more than 70 rooms and the Zhujing River flowing through the property. The next stop will be Shen Residence. The museum portrays Shen Watson and how he became a rich merchant. If you are hungry, your guide can help you find a local restaurant where you can try out the most authentic local food. Before heading back to Shanghai, enjoy some free time to explore or shop around by yourself. Book the optional Gondola ride to expl...

  • Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Private Tour from Shanghai

    4. Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Private Tour from Shanghai

    After meeting your guide in your hotel lobby, you will start your exciting tour to Suzhou and Zhouzhuang. First you'll go to Suzhou, one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze basin. It is world-renowned for its beautiful gardens, and often referred to as the Venice of the East. Upon arrival in Suzhou, your first stop is the Lingering Garden, covering an area of about 30 acres, with several gardens, whitewashed walls, buildings, lovely halls and corridors, rockeries, ponds, flower. Its impressive layout fully embodies the ancient skill of gardeners and their outstanding wisdom, and the southern landscape architecture artistic style and characteristics. After that, you will have a traditional Chinese-style lunch. After lunch, it's time to visit the water village of Zhouzhuang, located 30 kilometers southeast of Suzhou. It is well-known for its preserved ancient residential houses, and the e...

  • Zhouzhuang: Half Day Tour with Zhang Hall and Shen Hall

    5. Zhouzhuang: Half Day Tour with Zhang Hall and Shen Hall

    Experience the picturesque water town of Zhouzhuang on this delightful half-day tour. With its interconnected waterways and beautiful landscapes, it is often referred to as the number one water town in China. Well-preserved for over 900 years, it is renowned for its elegant and simple architecture. The majority of the town's residences were built during the Ming and Qing dynasties, with nearly 100 classic courtyards and 60 carved-brick archways from those periods still in use. Take in the exquisite ancient architecture of Zhang Hall and Shen Hall, then take a scenic cruise across the old town. After seeing all there is to see of this incredible ancient village, you will return to Shanghai.

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What people are saying about Zhouzhuang

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 108 reviews

We had a great day with our guide Bruce and 2 other people. Being such a small group was very convenient. We had lots of free time to explore Zhouzhuang also on our own which was great. Bruce knows a lot about Chinese history, it was fun to spend the day with him. Definitely recommend doing this tour!

Very knowledgeable and kind guide. Excellent English. Very well organised. No wasted time but no rush either. Variety of activities and price included set lunch, which was nice to share with all the other people in the group. Very sociable way to spend the day.

The guide, Grace, its been very much well informed and gave us all the stories about the Suzhou and Watertown and the history about the silk factory. The 3 places we visit is very nice. Although we are walking a little bit far, but its fun though.

My mother and I spent an excellent day with another traveler, and Bruce our tour guide who was funny and very nice! The trip was excellent. The beauty of both areas was speechless. We really enjoyed our day.

We hade a great day with lots of new impressions. Our local guide was a joy to listen to. I highly recommend this trip, and “Bruce” is the person you should choose.