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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 #35 of 838 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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Shanghai, China
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

If you want to know the tradition and traditional living way of Chinese then must visit this place. Beautiful place with water town. You can get glimpse of ancient Chinese people. You can enjoy Chinese traditional food. If you want to know the ancient town how it was then this is the best place to go. We walked to some... More

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Shenzhen, China
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Zhujiajiao is about a two-hour drive from Shanghai and is in a town that is creating a really nice atmosphere for the visitor. We arrived at about 9 AM and the town was not yet crowded, which allowed us to walk the streets by the canals in comfort. There are shops and restaurants all along the way, and if you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We were able to make it here by about 9:30 and although lots of shops weren't open the streets were quite and not crowded. We were able to see the village as it was designed so many years ago. I imagine it can get crowded. Our guide, Sunny Chang from Toursbylocals, was outstanding at navigating us through the streets, across... More

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Chevreuse, Centre, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Interesting destination. Did it on weekday so not crowded. Still lots of old buildings standing around the river and the canals to give a taste of a renovated past. Climb the bridges, walk in the narrow streets bordered by shops, visit the historic spots, takeo a boat for a small cruise (renting a boat is 125 yuan for up to... More

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Sarawak, Malaysia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

It was a great walk about in the village. Spend a day trip just to relax ourselves from the hectic Shanghai life. A lots of interesting, unique shops to see plus, you gets to see ancient Chinese post office and reminisce how does Chinese people live during their ancient times.

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Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Great way to spend a day when your tired of big cities in China! Found the bus so easy to get to! Go to the Dashijie metro line 8, go out middle Jinling road exit, walk straight through the little park (3 mins) past the concert hall and you'll find yourself at the bus stop (not a building), the pink... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Booked this with the travel agent before we left home, china tours collected us from Hotel, driver and guide, very enjoyable 5 hours, great walk about the village area, guide was invaluable for showing way, helping with customs,language and also managed to order a meal for lunch to our dietary requirements. Very crowded but so is Shanghai, we were there... More

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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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