Zhouzhuang Boat
Zhouzhuang Boat
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Nik D
Hollister, CA110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Couples
Sure, some would call it cheesy... but then, so is the real Venice of today's Italy, with its hyper-commercialization. Zhouzhuang is a truly lovely "water town". Technically, it is a part of the greater Suzhou urban area. Some tours cover Suzhou only (which is of course lovely to visit, with its fabled gardens and canals). We were lucky enough to be on a tour that spent the afternoon in Zhouzhuang water town.

The only good way to experience it is via a boat ride. The "gondolier" is typically a woman, and - yes, like real Venice - many of these women would belt out a Chinese folk song for the promise of a tip. The sides of the canals are lined with restaurants and gift shops. It is unlikely that - except for the ultra-adventurous - the foreign tourists will frequent these small restaurants, but when we walked the town in the afternoon and took the boat ride, these places were lining up their veggies, meats, and especially fish for the evening meals. You of course may experience the sights of the restaurant owner bring out the fish to the same canal that your boat is plying, wash the fish, and arrange it aesthetically among the scallions and greens, ready for grilling or boiling in the evening.

The town has done a remarkable job of preserving its cobblestone streets and many lovely bridges. Almost each turn you make is a picture spot. People cultivate flower gardens that hang almost into the canals, adding to the picturesque setting. If you buy a "Suzhou" water color painting (and there are plenty available, at very reasonable - of course bargained - prices), you are likely to get views of Zhouzhuang rather than Suzhou proper. The canals, houses, and bridges in this charming water town are simply more photogenic and paint-able than Suzhou itself.
Written June 26, 2011
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Ramadan
58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Business
if you want to go to kunshan for any reason don't miss this opportunity to get this boat for 30 minutes and relax with site seeing in the channel .
Written July 9, 2019
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Diane J
Marysville, WA118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Family
If you travel to a water town ... you must experience the canal boats. The fee is RMB 40 and usually not negotiable. If you ask, the village women may let you steer. But, beware, there has been more than one foreigner who has ended up in the canal. It's not as easy as it looks.
Written July 10, 2012
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Ali Anoush
Tehran, Iran222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Business
You can get a boat and see the city through channels and enjoy remarkable nature and take a lot of pictures with ur lovely accompanies
Written October 17, 2019
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laurenceg41
Mount Barker, Australia176 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
I went on a one-hour journey is a small boat (seated about 30) along the smaller waterways during a visit to the city of Suzhou on 14.9.17. I enjoyed this very much as it is very up close and personal with some remarkable buildings (and some remarkable electrical wiring as well). Loved my trip on this picturesque waterway.
Written October 13, 2017
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Paul B
Chirnside Park, Australia666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
A must do is a boat ride down a canal along the water village. 120 yuan for 6 people is great valley and if you are lucky you will hear some amazing songs from the ladies who steer the boats. Even though we had drizzle it was still an amazing ride and if yiu have a guide you can get great commentary too. Picture opportunities to die for.
Written April 12, 2015
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tripellen
Sydney297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Solo
I took a half day trip from Shanghai to see this lovely town. An informed guide adds to the experience. Go early and through the week to avoid the crowds. Driving time is 1.5 hours from Shanghai. The market stores are owned by the locals and prices are very reasonable.
Written May 12, 2012
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Leanne D
Stratford, Australia54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Try and share to lower the cost for an extra 5yuan they sing for you we took the 80 minute trip just lovely
Written April 24, 2019
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Ber
Singapore557 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
A gentle boat ride down the picturesque canal to the entrance of the township. Appreciate how the locals of ancient times travel around the township. Some houses have a private entrance to the canal that you can steer the boat directly into the middle of the house.

Advisable to board the boat in small groups for a more intimate experience.
Written December 28, 2018
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Ron S
Toronto, Canada512 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
If visiting Zhouzhuang then you must take the gondola ride. It certainly provides a different view of the area but also offers an appreciation for how the locals would have travelled in ancient times.
Written April 21, 2018
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