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Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

No.36 Meizhou Road, Zhujiajiao Town, Qingpu District, Shanghai 201713, China
021-59240077
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Ranked #37 of 834 attractions in Shanghai
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town also known as the "pearl stream." Best known for its bridges, built during Ming and Qing Dynasties, the various... more » Owner description: Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town also known as the "pearl stream." Best known for its bridges, built during Ming and Qing Dynasties, the various spans are built of wood, marble and stone. « less
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Singapore
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

They call it 'Shanghai's Venice' but the color of the water is definitely not the Grand Canal. Redeeming grace is that entrance is free. These ancient water towns are prevalent throughout Jiangnan region (southern Shanghai, southern part of Jiangsu province, northern Zhejiang province). The famous ancient water towns include Wuzhen, Xitang, Zhujiajiang, Zhouzhuang etc. and they look similar. In Zhujiajiao,... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Went to Zhujiajiao water town in mid July, weather was rainy. I did not pay for entrance to any of the paid attractions. Thumbs up to the teahouses and villagers living along the outskirts of the predefined tourist areas. Having a cuppa in one of the teahouses (and cafes) really add to the enjoyment of the atmosphere. Other villagers carry... More

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New Delhi, India
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Zhujiajiao is an easily accessible destination from Shanghai, ideal for a daytrip. Don't be fooled - you will be sharing this ancient picturesque town with hordes of fellow tourists. However, despite the massive commercialisation of the town, there's still something unique about sailing down the tranquil waters in the old canals and imagining how life has been going on in... More

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Sydney, Australia
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158 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Took a taxi from my Bund hotel to People's Square and the driver helpfully pointed out which bus to catch. Only cost 12 RMB and took about an hour. Once there if you don't know where to go next you can take a bicycle type tuk tuk thing to the old part. The old town is a series of canals... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Shanghai is great, don't get me wrong, but after being pestered for the hundredth time to buy a watch or clip-on roller skates or a "massage", I was ready to put the hustle and bustle of the city behind me for a day. Sarah Hobart's instructions from her April trip about how to get to the bus station are excellent,... More

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I visited Zhujiajiao as a side trip to get away from faster-paced Shanghai, and I'm really glad I did. It was a very rainy afternoon, which probably meant the crowds were thinned out. I loved walking across bridges, through gardens, and in and out of small shops along the route. Even found a great (if pricey) coffee shop to sit... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This town is so cute. It is a mixture of modern and old world China. We enjoyed a gondola ride leaving from the pier underneath Mercy Bridge. Our guide told us about all of the bridges we passed under and then we visited a very beautiful garden located on one of the main canals. There is a fun shopping bazaar... More

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tucson
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Amazing to walk and shop where people have been doing that for over a 1000 years. Take cash, no one takes credit cards and if you want some modern there is a starbucks at the bridge.

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Shanghai, China
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75 reviews 75 reviews
39 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I've visited several of the water towns around Shanghai. Zhujiajiao is a lovely example, with many attractions to visit and lovely cafes for resting. I'd heard about crowds, so we visited during the week! It was an excellent choice. We took busses from downtown Shanghai for about 12RMB, then walked to the city center. We walked around to several of... More

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Hangzhou, China
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236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We were thinking where to bring our family. We had never visited this place in Shanghai. It is quite centrally located, not too far in Minhang district. I didn't expect too much from this place and that was good. There is really nothing special. Some canals, bridges, old buildings, plenty of shops and people. Actually some of the buildings are... More

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