Jinze Ancient Town
Jinze Ancient Town
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ChinesePaddy
Shanghai, China53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Solo
I'm almost scared to post a review of this place in case it gets ruined. I was expecting a totally developed place with loads of tacky nick nacks and plastic junk on sale but it was nothing like that. This is a place where Chinese people seem to be living and working rather than an overdeveloped tourist trap.

I was lucky enough to go around the Chinese New Year when it was super quiet. I met a few of the locals and practiced my lackluster mandarin on them.

The place was sleepy, picturesque and really quite lovely at sunset time.

Toilets every 500m. Some spots might be hard to navigate if you're in a wheelchair - bridges - but it can't be too hard otherwise as they have mopeds in the heart of the village.

You won't find much in the way of Starbucks or gift shops though. Refreshingly so. I'm sure you can find something to eat if you have too but it was really off season when i went.
Written February 18, 2015
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Buke W
Shenyang, China424 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Solo
Forget about Zhouzhuang, Wuzhen, Xitang......Go to this little town before Tom Cruise makes a film here and turns it into another commercial and crowded attraction. This little town has everything you expect for a tranquil village as an embodiment of Jiangnan culture, called by Chinese to describe a sub-culture in the region south of Yangtze River. And it has something special, bridges, all dating back as early to Song Dynasty. Each bridge has its own design and structure.
There is a ancient temple as well called Yihao Zen Temple. Located in the deep lanes network of the town, this small temple is the place you receive zen touch if you understand zen as something peaceful and unselfish.
Tip: take the Shanghai--Qingpu express coach at south of People Square, and change to Qingpu--Jinze van at Qingpu Coach Station. Try to get up early and take the first express at around 5:30 at People's Square for enough time to connect your next van, and you'll probably arrive Jinze at 10am. Quite far, but a virtue isn't it?
Written November 11, 2013
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kwan3452
Melbourne, Australia351 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
A very quiet “water town” with a few bridges of different styles and from different eras. At the moment still relatively unknown. No shops selling trivia and food. Signs of development outside the town with a huge plaza just completed.
Written July 11, 2018
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AzitiZ
Shanghai, China338 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
Jin Ze is quite well known in the Shanghai area. Actually it is the last town of Shanghai before crossing the border into Jiangsu Province.

The ancient water town part is just off the main "shopping" street. Jinze is located on a main road called Huqingping Highway or the G318 to be exact.

Getting there: 200 RMB in a taxi via the G318 or a bus that stops in nearby town of Luxu which goes to and from Shanghai South Railway Station. Taxi is the best bet though.

If in the area to see some of these water towns, the area is rich with them and similar notable places include:

Xicen
Zhou Zhuang
Zhujiajiao
Tong Li
Written February 12, 2017
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tangkew
Singapore, Singapore24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
Nice, quiet old town, away from the hustle & bustle...yet developed, which means no restaurants as yet. You can walk around to explore/ find the 7 bridges that are still in tact in the town....you can see the various construction/ designs of the bridges based on the period they were built, 'nail-less', 'step-less' etc., depending on when each was built. A boat ride is recommended if you have a guide who can share much of the history and construction of the bridges (or at least translate information shared by the boat(wo)man). There is temple at each of the 7 bridges but you must not miss 'YiHaoChanSi' (颐浩禅寺) or YiHao Zen temple.
While the old town is less commercialized, I understood from the lady from the boat ride that several hundreds of millions RMB had been invested in the construction of a movie production area within Jinze (near the entrance where I came in). I loved the 'green, undisturbed old town', took photos of the nice blue sky, trees in the town. Let's hope this place takes much longer to turn commercialized like Zhujiajiao, Zhouzhuang etc....happy to share more photos with anyone who is interested...,
Written October 4, 2016
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Jean-Pascal D
Moscow, Russia444 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
This small town is still very unique , and keeps the old time atmosphere. Very few tourist , and very quiet. Unfortunately , they start to renew all the houses , and I'm quite sure that within a short time Jinze will become as crowed as all the other cities around Shanghai. So run to visit before it becomes an attraction park .
Written October 2, 2016
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ghbonu
Lucerne, Switzerland134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Business
We stayed almost two months in the large Jin Ze Art Center (visits by appointment only), which is a lovely and most interesting place to be as artist in residence. It is still under construction, but many old buildings have been lovingly restored and the old textile resources, woven material, hats, .... are very inspiring. Of course the canteen food is Chinese and healthy and tasty.
The village is real, no peddlers, hustlers, instead small children playing at the canals while their mothers do the laundry in them ...
Small stores for everything, small narrow supermarkets for groceries, electronics, post office, banks, fresh tea, small textile factories, but also empty larger factories. No excellent restaurant, but a couple of places to get good food.
Astonishingly many houses with solar water heating on the roof and almost all motorcycles electrically driven!
(Not good to moove around for handicapped.)
We just passed, but never visited the temple, nor the nicest modern-architecture-house, the public toilet. :)
Although we do not speak Chinese, we managed to communicate wiht the friendly community by gesturing and using our smart phone.
A stay we shall never forget.
Written August 27, 2015
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xamhayana
South Pole434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011 • Friends
Water towns around Shanghai get 'discovered' and then quickly 'ruined' by holiday crowds; Jinze is probably set on the same path, but a few months ago it was a still a little-visited and serene place, crisscrossed by canals, with real houses and real people, not hawkers or souvenir peddlers, with a handful of nice cobblestone lanes and bridges. After a stroll in Jinze one might be tempted to go to Daguanyuan (Grand View Garden) nearby; I advise against it, as the garden is disappointing and expensive (70 yuan).
Written November 9, 2011
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robjustrob
Calgary, Canada1,934 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
this little water town area is far less touristy and not yet a ruined experience. it doesnt have quite the infrastructure and is not nearly as big as other water areas, but it is nice to see and the charm is the lack of people there.
Written August 1, 2018
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Kevin T
Boston, MA372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Business
We stayed in the Arts Centre while there. While it is not yet open to the general public, I highly recommend looking into it. The rooms were absolutely beautiful and the grounds and area can't be missed. This is such a quaint area.
Written March 19, 2018
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