Jinze Ancient Town

Jinze Ancient Town, Shanghai: Hours, Address, Jinze Ancient Town Reviews: 4.5/5

Jinze Ancient Town
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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robjustrob
Lethbridge, Canada1,692 contributions
smaller and less touristy
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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kwan3452
Melbourne, Australia310 contributions
Visit before it’s commercialized
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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Kevin T
Boston, MA377 contributions
Beautiful
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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Thor54
Vancouver, WA1,714 contributions
Water Village with a Past--Commercial Future
Jun 2017 • Couples
This was the 2nd of the water villages we visited on a rainy quite afternoon. The first was Zhouzhuang which was much more commercialized. Yes, like others have said, many ancient bridges, older buildings with historical significance. Some picturesque, the day we visited middle of the week so only a few other visitors-- none western. But, it was set up for large rush of tourists, Chinese mostly geared to like the other "water villages." Give it a quiet walk, don't go on a weekend or holiday as it would be over whelming. Lots of stalls selling the same thing. We had a nice local lunch. I arranged the tour through CTRIP, had a private tour guide which I really believe that is the way to see something like this. Had a good tour guide, explained the significance of the bridges and structures; gave us good history of the area and the significance. Made it much more interesting. But, commercialization is coming-- building new parking lots, more stalls for selling stuff, and the town is being designed for the masses to come. Would I go back? No, seen one seen them all unless you are really into ancient Chinese history or architecture. Am i glad that i came? Yes, if in Shanghai nice side trip, especially with a pretty tour guide.
Written July 26, 2017
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AzitiZ
Shanghai, China300 contributions
one of many water towns in this area of China
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
Away from the commercialized, back to nature (still)
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, Russia370 contributions
Run to visit
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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Robogator0
Windermere, FL2,761 contributions
Unspoiled Water Village (Hopefully it stays that way)
Jun 2016 • Family
This town is a magnificent glimpse at an ancient Chinese water village without the commercialization that is in some other towns. Not everything is polished and clean, but it is real. It's tranquil and quiet (for now), but I cannot imagine it will stay that way for long.
Written July 6, 2016
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ghbonu
Lucerne, Switzerland110 contributions
A wonderful water village - outside of Shanghai with a beautiful art Center
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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ChinesePaddy
Shanghai, China54 contributions
Fairly unspoiled riverside town.
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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