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“Great little excursion” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Wuzhen Water Town

Wuzhen Water Town
Wuzhen Town, Tongxiang 314500, China
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Ranked #1 of 21 Attractions in Tongxiang
4.5 of 5 stars 2,132 Reviews
Type: Historic Sites, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Cultural
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Shenzhen, China
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“Great little excursion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

If you are in Shanghai or Hangzhou and have a day to spare then you could do worse than come to Wuzhen. This small town is a well preserved water town. Of course there are tourist traps everywhere. Many Chinese visit towns like these to sample the 'countryside' cuisine. Be careful about eating here if you have a weak constitution.
This is a village full of character, even on a gloomy day the place looked stunning. On a clear night, it must be wonderful to see.

Visited January 2013
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“An authentic ancient water town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This is a fascinating water town and quite different to Zhouzhuang. It's larger and, somehow, more authentic, probably because it is still a community and real people still live there. It also seemed to be less crowded and has less aggressive hawkers. There are two parts: east side and west side and there's a complimentary shuttle bus that runs between them. It is like taking a step back in time and there are many interesting museums that reflect the history of China and Wuzhen: weddings, foot binding, folk lore, beds, indigo dyeing, wine making . . .the cost is 150¥ for both sites (cheaper for over 70 year olds) and it takes five to seven hours to take in all there is to offer. The bus from Hangzhou takes one to one and a half hours and costs 27¥ each way. If you are looking for a hotel, you can't go past Lin Clan Hotel.

Visited September 2013
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“A fantastic getaway in China”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Very, very cool place to visit for anyone that is a fan of Chinese history. You feel like you're stepping into 19th century China. The restaurants I visited had fantastic food, if a little expensive, and the shopping was on the expensive side by Chinese standards.

This was the cherry on top of my 6 month stay in China, and I know when I visit China again soon I will spend a couple days in Wuzhen.

If you have the time, a night or two in Wuzhen is a great experience.

Visited October 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Stay 2 or 3 days in a living museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Wuzhen is an ancient canal-town of which 2 areas (Wuzhen East and Wuzhen West) have been designated a living museum. This apparently entailed moving all of the townsfolk out of the designated areas, an extensive conservation project, then repopulating the town with hoteliers, restaurants, museum curators, shopkeepers, craftspeople and boatmen. A large visitor reception centre was built to facilitate visitors arriving and finding their accommodation, then providing a boat ride to the landing stage nearest their hotel.

The overall effect is very attractive and authentic and the hotel in Wuzhen West in which we stayed was a converted row of old houses, accessed from the main narrow pedestrian street on one side and looking out onto the main canal on the other side. It was a very interesting and enjoyable stay for a couple of days and although, beyond the reception centre, no-one spoke English it was really only a problem in ordering breakfast which our hotelier could not understand but tried hard (unsuccessfully) to guess what we wanted.

We fully occupied ourselves for the 3 days, walking around the streets and courtyards, over bridges, into shops and museums and craft displays. We also took a bus to Wuzhen East (just a kilometre or so away, but the bus ride somehow took 20mins) which we visited for a couple of hours but it was much less interesting and attractive than Wuzhen West and consisted of a large souvenir and craft-stall market and the old town buildings which had not yet been as well conserved as in Wuzhen West.

Particular attractions to visit in Wuzhen West are the Wedding Museum, which has a very comprehensive display of all things involved in Chinese traditional weddings, and the Indigo Printing and Dyeing Workshop. There are many other things to see, including the wares in most of the shops, which are all very purchasable craft souvenirs. Be sure to choose the place you will eat by about 6pm because the restaurants have nothing left by about 7pm !. A very recommended place to visit for a couple of days.

Visited April 2013
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“Good Views and expensive Shops”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

I disliked the Guest house as such but the water town has nice scenes and views, although very old. Most of the shops are expensive and is actually a "tourist trap"

Visited June 2013
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