Xitang Ancient Town
Xitang Ancient Town
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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A small ancient town on water that still preserves its original look.
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  • ClaireLouise
    Derbyshire, United Kingdom326 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place day and night
    Arrived just after 5pm .No admission fee after 5pm until 8am. We stayed at Yuyaxuan Inn (was brilliant) . Was able to have a wander at night and took many photos, and got up early too. Absolutely loved this place for an overnight stop. 100% recommend
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 28, 2023
  • Martin A
    Suzhou, China3,120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Careful Not To Fall In The Canal!
    Now that I've visited Xitang several times, I can tell you more than before, including some info on the new town as well as the Ancient Town. The new part wraps around the old part and you can find lots of useful things there, including restaurants, hotels, shops of all kinds, a bank, a little movie theatre, and places for a foot massage. There is a long street reserved for pedestrians and scooters, between the new town and the ancient town, and that's where you'll find the movie theatre, the bank, and a great hot pot restaurant. There's an admission fee for the old city, during the day, but it's free in the evening, after 5:00 p.m. The entrance off the pedestrian-only street takes you to a very lively bar street, or area, with more than two dozen clubs and pubs plus restaurants right beside one of the canals. There are loud, rockin', dance clubs and quieter places with live entertainment. Pick the singer or singers and the band you like, order some food, et cetera, to your table, and listen to Chinese folk, rock, or pop, or get up and dance. A couple of places have springy dance floors that tilt and bounce. They all have exciting lighting. Most places turn the volume way up. Some groups order a lot of beer for their table but I've never seen anybody inebriated and, remarkably, never even heard of anyone falling into the canal.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 12, 2024
  • Chow E
    Singapore, Singapore245 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quiant 1,000 Water Town at Xitang (Hangzhou)
    A totally wonderful experience at this ancient water town. We took a boat ride, enjoyed delicious food and snacks and also took professional photos with makeup, Hanfu (Ancient Chinese costumes) with a great price package. Was very impressed with this water town and its extremely beautiful day and night views.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 20, 2024
  • iamnnop
    London, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A welcoming tourist spot
    This was my first time back in China for 20 years and boy has it changed. We had a lovely few days wandering in and around Xitang’s ancient town. It was during the “off season” so it wasn’t as busy as it can get. My 8 year old son loved all the shops. My wife loved all the food. I liked being stared at and being asked to have my photo taken with bewildered looking Chinese tourists. As a vegetarian, it was a little tricky finding food but got there in the end. All-in-all, a really beautiful experience.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 28, 2024
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iamnnop
London, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was my first time back in China for 20 years and boy has it changed. We had a lovely few days wandering in and around Xitang’s ancient town. It was during the “off season” so it wasn’t as busy as it can get. My 8 year old son loved all the shops. My wife loved all the food. I liked being stared at and being asked to have my photo taken with bewildered looking Chinese tourists. As a vegetarian, it was a little tricky finding food but got there in the end. All-in-all, a really beautiful experience.
Written March 28, 2024
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Chow E
Singapore, Singapore245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
A totally wonderful experience at this ancient water town. We took a boat ride, enjoyed delicious food and snacks and also took professional photos with makeup, Hanfu (Ancient Chinese costumes) with a great price package. Was very impressed with this water town and its extremely beautiful day and night views.
Written March 21, 2024
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Martin A
Suzhou, China3,120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Better than Tongli, Zhouzhuang, Wuxi, Lili, and the other ancient water towns in the area? You decide! We liked it the most and plan to return often. It's more chill, has more shops, a cooler vibe, hotels right beside the canal, the best bar street, lots of restaurants. Take your camera and take 1000 great pics.
Written May 5, 2023
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Maria Floratou
Patras, Greece1,537 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
Xitang is an ancient scenic town in Jiashan in China. Is a water town crossed by nine rivers. The town stretches across eight sections, linked by old-fashioned stone bridges. In the older parts of town, the buildings are set along the banks of the canals, which serve as the main transportation thoroughfares in the area. Also contains numerous antique residences and temples, such as the Temple of the Seven Masters.
Written August 22, 2019
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,548 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
The Xitang misty rain added charm to this peaceful, poetic ancient water-town. The rain slowed things down, as on my last visit the bars and restaurants were more lively.
Written June 24, 2019
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Rainbowlad
Singapore, Singapore845 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We travelled from Shanghai South train station on T7763 @ 0859 hrs on Fri, 28 May and arrived @ Jiashan @ 0935 hrs.
Upon exiting the Jiashan train station, there were at least 10 offers from taxi drivers/private car owners to bring us to Xitang. We took up the offer of one persistent private car owner to take us @ RMB 30 for the 2 of us. Understand that for the legitimate taxis, they charged RMB 10 per head but will leave once they have secured 4 passengers. Journey from Jiashan to Xitang takes 30 mins. The taxi drop-off point is at the town square. A less than 10 mins walk along small alleys will bring you into Xitang old town and the canals. I have read that we need to pay for the entrance ticket but perhaps we were early and there were no sentry so we did not have to pay the all-purpose fee.

We were approached by Sui Yun Chien Ke Zhan to stay with them and we viewed the property which is by the waterway. The room is a little tiny with attached bathroom and although the view is great, we decided it is not for us. We walked to the next property Liu Yun Ge Ke Zhan (a recently opened 28 room property) and we viewed several rooms before deciding on staying there in a twin bed room @ RMB 280. Room is clean, rather spacious, airconditioned with attached bathroom. Linens and even the comforter is very clean although the bed is hard. As the property is new and probably do not receive many guests, you need to ventilate the room first before switching on the aircon. Do choose a room further away from the alley which overlooks one of the bars as it gets very noisy till 0400 hrs. Like with many inns, the front desk staff and the owner do not speak any English.

Here is the weblink I found before my trip on Liu Yun Ge Ke Zhan: http://translate.google.com.sg/translate?hl=en&sl=zh-CN&u=http://www.dianping.com/shop/3502612&ei=1iLZS4kei5OQBcO8mIgO&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBIQ7gEwAQ&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%25E8%25A5%25BF%25E5%25A1%2598%25E7%2595%2599%25E4%25BA%2591%25E9%2598%2581%25E5%25AE%25A2%25E6%25A0%2588%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Dactive%26sa%3DG

We ate @ Chian Tang Ren Chia restaurant which is a 2-min walk across from the hotel once you crossed the bridge. Our meal consists of 2 small crabs, lotus leaf rice, steamed fish and vegetables and it costs RMB117.

In the evening, we took the night canal cruise @ 8 pm @ RMB30 each. Xitang is picturesque and the lanterns at night presents Xitang as a unique and charming experience. With the filming of "Mission Impossible III" @ Xitang a few years ago, you will find a picture of Tom Cruise at one of the bridges here.

Overall, Xitang is worth a visit and the many shops selling lovely oriental blouses, qipaos and even embroidered shoes will make your visit worthwhile.
Written June 7, 2010
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Adventure1976
Sydney, Australia104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Business
Having been a few times I'd suggest going to Xi Tang in early April when the spring blossoms are out, it is very picturesque. Highly recommend it regardless though, it's still a great day out of the city. Getting there on local transport I was immersed in the culture & saw some lovely rural landscapes. You can have a hearty lunch at Xi Tang on local fare too, there is a lot to choose from. If scorpions, centipedes, pigs trotters in plum sauce, hot pork buns or crab legs aren't your thing then BYO packed lunch. Many Chinese tourists here, not many westerners in sight really.. keep smiling & be prepared to be in a few pics! Oh & bring lots of small notes. No cash machines here or banks. Xi Tang is a truly lovely old place. Arrive early (9am) & you'll get the place to yourself, coach loads of tourists start to arrive in droves just on midday, it isn't particularly overcrowded or unbearable. A nice cafe (good coffee here!) on the water let's yu soak it all in & people watch aswell.
Leaving Xi Tang on the 3pm bus yu will have comfortably seen everything, browsing the shops too, including stopping for a leisurely drink on a balcony on the water plus a snack for lunch.

It's so easy to reach independently, without Chinese speaking knowledge. Don't be fooled, you don't need a tour (or the exorbitant over inflated expense) to reach & see this place at all (not worth it). Return journey on the metro, a cool bullet train ride & Xi Tang tourist shuttle bus costs RMB66 in total. Entry to the village RMB100 itself (includes 11 galleries, museums, a temple, gardens & an old tea house) A really value for money full day out!

If you fancy the experience of getting there independently from Shanghai it's so easy! Email me & I'll send yu across clear directions.
Written August 5, 2015
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manny c
Roseville, CA78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Solo
From Shanghai you can take the speed train a 30min ride to Jiashan. And then from the train station take bus 222 that take you to Xitang or you can take a taxi for about almost 80 RMB one way. The cost to get in is 100rmb that includes some site that you can get into with your ticket inside Xitang. Expect to be there for around 3 to 4 hours to see everything Bring a Camera!. But for those of you interested of walking around for free there are many alley ways to get inside without paying that are by the China Post office. in town! Enjoy Oh make to bargin for your gifts too!
Written September 6, 2013
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DazzlingSunflowerTravels
Johannesburg, South Africa331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
For some of us who might feel a need to get away from the concrete jungle of Shanghai, then add this on your to do list.
A much needed escape to see more of what this beautiful and historic country has to offer.

The river town of Xitang is in Zhejiang Province and is only 101km from Shanghai. It is a reasonable and quick trip.

From Hongqiao Railway Station take a train to Jiashan nan by high speed train (30RMB). There are long ticket lines so be patient and arrive at least 40 minutes prior to your departure. The trip was less than 25 minutes and super comfortable with great leg room. Not sure why planes don't have such comfortable space.

25 minutes high speed train 30 RMB
30 minutes by bus K222 to Xitang 20 RMB
Decent hotel Yha China 240 RMB per night
Entrance fee to the town museums 100 RMB per day
15 minutes boat river cruise 30 RMB
The food is everywhere and super cheap

Magical Xitang is picturesque and captivatingly tranquil. It is a cultural and historical river town with a history of over a thousand years. I was transported to simplicity, warm kind people and good wholesome food and customs.

It was a wet day when we arrived. Apparently it is the best time to travel around the water town as many poets got their inspiration during the rainy days.

This is a town full of poetry, paper cutting art and button making etc. Walk around the narrow covered streets and you will be transported back in time.

Words cannot capture the uplifted and rejuvenated spirit of being surrounded by healing waters, tranquility and captured in awe of walking through this town.

This is why I came to China in the first place. To see the stories and life that was beautifully written and delivered in the movies we saw growing up.

Enjoy your mini city escape...

Written December 2, 2017
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Orator11
Singapore, Singapore7,331 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
We have been to this water town about five times as friends and relatives are keen to visit it due to it being featured in MI3. It is very charming and boasts a long covered corridor by the river, which differentiates it from other water towns. Walking along its narrow corridors, you can look into villagers' homes and see them about their daily chores, such as washing clothes in the river. I would recommend that you hire a bike rickshaw, which will take you for a quick tour of the town, including stops at various museums - it costs around 120 rmb for 40 minutes and two can sit in the rickshaw. Be forewarned that toilet facilities can be improved upon - do use the one at the main entrance carpark as it seems to be the cleanest. Foodwise, most restaurants serve similar fare and all seem to feature a photo of Tom Cruise having eaten there!
Written May 1, 2013
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