Luzhi Town

Luzhi Town, Suzhou: Hours, Address, Luzhi Town Reviews: 4/5

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RopentaStones
By RopentaStones
Easiest water town to get to from Shanghai
Feb 2019
If you are visiting Shanghai then you simply have to visit one of the many water towns..and this one is the most accessible...and also the least busy. You will need to take the bullet train to Suzhou, which in itself is technically a water town but with a population of ten million it doesn't quite have that intimate feel ha! From Suzhou you need to take the bus to Luzhi for just 3 kuai....or you could take a taxi should you wish. There are many water towns in and around the Shanghai province but this was the easiest and cheapest to get to...and judging by reviews and pictures I've seen, once you have seen one then the others aren't too dissimilar. There are several winding streets here, but remember that this is actually a through road so be wary of crazed people in cars and on motorbikes. There are dozens and dozens of bridges here and most are perfect spots for photographs. There is a multitude of fast food stalls here and everyone we tried was great. The flatbread stall was so good I had to go back for a second one. Everything seems to cost 10 kuai too (just over a pound) so you can wander and snack for hours and it won't break the bank. I also tried a fancy tea here too...it was called pudding tea (or something like that)...now I'm not really sure why I tried it because I don't like tea...and it tasted very much of tea...and it was full of lumps of jelly or something. It was quite possibly the most disgusting thing I think I have ever had...that'll teach me Really enjoyed this place (despite the lumpy tea) and you will fill your camera with so many great pictures...would highly recommend this place.

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sahand_mkh
Tehran, Iran23 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
It's a beautiful water town. We caught a rapid train train from shanghai train station to suzhou (25 min)and then a bus from suzhou to luzhi(50 min).
You can enter the ancient and protected area without any ticket. Ticket is needed for some special places and galleries if you are interested in them(76 rmb) and also if you want to rent a boat(150 rmb). It's crowded in weekends and we took a local bus for return(bus no.518) which will take a long time to reach suzhou because it has many many stops( about 2 hours). The bus stop was in the street which entrance of ancient town is located but a bit difficult to find. You can even exit the protected area and visit other parts, it is more natural. Becareful for the return train ticket, we reached the train station in suzhou about 19:00 but the only tickets left were for the last train at 22 and I think it was because of the weekend.
Written April 3, 2016
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travelkonijn
Suzhou89 contributions
May 2016
We went to Luzhi on a sunny Wednesday in May and it was a good choice. There were no crowds, just a few Chinese tourists and us, everyone else was just going about their day. Most people who reviewed this place on TA mentioned how expensive the entrance fee is with 78 rmb. But Luzhi old town is actually free, just a couple of special tourist attractions cost money, that's where the 78 rmb ticket comes in. If you don't read Chinese and don't know this you'll automatically think there is an entrance fee to this town. We actually just walked from the roundabout where KFC is down Zhengyuan road through the big main gate and never even passed a ticket office. You will get to a big square from where two alleys lead east into old town. We picked the left one which runs parallel to the canal and is very picturesque. The whole town is very picturesque with the old houses, the canal and old stone bridges. After a bit of walking around we came across a fish spa were you could soak your feet for 30 minutes and have little fish nibble on your toes. It was fun and a bargain at only 20 rmb. For lunch we went to what looked to us like the biggest restaurant in town, pretty much in the center of old town. They seemed to have a choice of only two dishes, either dumplings in broth or noodle soup with either duck or fish. Between us we tried all of them and were pleasantly surprised how tasty they were (or we were just really hungry). The price was cheap 15/20 rmb per dish. Bus 518 runs to Luzhi from Jinjihu Avenue in Suzhou's industrial park (3 rmb). It's one of the closest water towns to Suzhou and makes for a great half day trip from there.
Written May 19, 2016
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manny c
Roseville, CA83 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
Well this is my 4th water town during my stay in Shanghai 1st you can get in for free.Take a 5rmb bike taxi and ask him to take you to area to get in for free. Well I went in the last week in Sept,2013 it was a little crowded. But well worth the trip Luzhi has over 2,500 yrs. of history! And theirs some good deals on gifts and the food was decent and not to bad on prices. Bring a camera! Expect to spend a few hours to see everything. Have fun!
Written October 2, 2013
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JimmyLee44
Atlanta, GA129 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
High speed train from Shanghai's Hongqiao railway station to Suzhou takes 30ish minutes and cost 40ish yuan (2nd class).

I went cheap and took the bus, right in the station area, for 3 (three) yuan. 45 minutes later, voila.

There are fewer non Chinese tourists, and fewer tourists in general. It's interesting, fun...

I enjoyed the journey about as much as the destination.
Written December 4, 2017
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Arnaud H
Mane, France47 contributions
Oct 2013 • Business
Luzhi is a very cute little water city.
Was I lucky, but more less crowdy than Xitang or TongLi.
The Scenic city is divided into two parts, the old part, and a renovated part. I loved the original part, but the renovated is not so interesting.
They seem to have made a big business on disguized pictures there. You may dress up as a knight or master or anything available and have your picture made there... funny so see so many of these shops. Local come to have these pictures made for weddings or special occasion.

Time to spend there; 1 to 2 hours.

I definitely recommend it.
Written November 15, 2013
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DavidTeoRoom723
Hong Kong, China16 contributions
Apr 2019 • Business
A smallish ancient water village (about 1.5km square), it’s pretty quiet on weekdays where one can wander along the alleyways and to see numerous art students sitting by the canals drawing the landscape. Also, one would notice the avid photographers with their DSLRs shooting away.
Written April 13, 2019
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Tassaduq Hussain
Multan, Pakistan3,375 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
Luzhi Water Town, better known as Venice of China is a 2500 years old water town about 118 km from Shanghai and 20 km south of Suzhou city, mostly found in its old traditional form. Conscious attempts have been made to keep its originality and antiquity. The old part of the town is spread over 250 acres. The town is also famous for its thousands years old arched bridges such as Zhengyang Bridge and Dongmei Bridge, Jiangnan Culture Park, 1500 years old Baisheng Temple and antique White Lotus Flower Temple.
Written July 7, 2016
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Daniel A
Beijing, China32,963 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
I was told it was the Venice of China. While it didn’t quite live up to that expectation, lol, it was still interesting to see and do Luzhi. It’s the first ancient water town in China. From our friend’s house in SIP in Suzhou, the taxi ride was about 45 RMB. They’ll drop you off at the gate. Use the restroom at the KFC there and get a bite to eat before you go into the ancient Town. I’ve lived in China for 5 years so I can take the local food but you might not be able to stomach the food there so probably take a few sandwiches. You pay 76 RMB for entrance to the town and 150 RMB for a 10 minute boat ride. The boat ride is quite expensive but you have to do it since you’re there. The lady will sing for you for a tip. Once you get off, take a look around the town and your ticket comes along with 9 different places for you to explore. At each stop to a location, they will hole punch your ticket. It took about 3 hours for the total experience. It was a little expensive but after just coming from a crowded mess in Hangzhou, anything was great. Little kids might not be too happy there so keep the kids at home. It’s a relaxing trip and the little shops have many of the same items. I actually liked the odd little snacks and you might be tempted to try it but be careful because the restrooms aren’t that great.
Written October 17, 2015
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RopentaStones
St Helens, UK1,924 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
If you are visiting Shanghai then you simply have to visit one of the many water towns..and this one is the most accessible...and also the least busy. You will need to take the bullet train to Suzhou, which in itself is technically a water town but with a population of ten million it doesn't quite have that intimate feel ha! From Suzhou you need to take the bus to Luzhi for just 3 kuai....or you could take a taxi should you wish.
There are many water towns in and around the Shanghai province but this was the easiest and cheapest to get to...and judging by reviews and pictures I've seen, once you have seen one then the others aren't too dissimilar.
There are several winding streets here, but remember that this is actually a through road so be wary of crazed people in cars and on motorbikes. There are dozens and dozens of bridges here and most are perfect spots for photographs. There is a multitude of fast food stalls here and everyone we tried was great. The flatbread stall was so good I had to go back for a second one. Everything seems to cost 10 kuai too (just over a pound) so you can wander and snack for hours and it won't break the bank. I also tried a fancy tea here too...it was called pudding tea (or something like that)...now I'm not really sure why I tried it because I don't like tea...and it tasted very much of tea...and it was full of lumps of jelly or something. It was quite possibly the most disgusting thing I think I have ever had...that'll teach me
Really enjoyed this place (despite the lumpy tea) and you will fill your camera with so many great pictures...would highly recommend this place.
Written March 14, 2019
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FalconLord
Beijing, China71 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
I have to say that this was nicest of the water towns I visited on my trip. Compared to Tonglizhen and Mudu it did not have any crowds and it was very easy to navigate with a number of interesting museums!
Written August 8, 2018
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