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All reviews water town boat ride ancient town day trip entrance fee beautiful water shops selling small hotels quaint little town hand made stone bridges narrow streets four seasons shops and restaurants every corner ming dynasty walk around
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful ancient water township in Suzhou. Biggest of the water township in the Suzhou/Shanghai area. Traditional houses along the scenic waterways. Boats parked outside the houses. Some houses have a private passageway to the waterways that you can steer the boat directly into the house....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The town is rich with history and culture and most of the little houses within remain inhabited by the residents of ZhouZhuang. Though many of the houses are now tourist shops, the elements of its architecture are mostly unchanged and untouched, preserving what's left of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Food was good and sights were nice. A place that a small group could eat. Place is somewhat rustic but clean.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2018

Zhouzhuang Water Old Town is a good place to be visited. Around 1h30 from Shanghai, you will find a beautiful town with a multiple channels and bridges, and a lot of shops and restaurants. It is good to visit it two times, during the day...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

Like most of China the town is full of history (circa 876BC) 73km from Shanghai I got the feel and sense of what it was like back in the old days Most houses are not well maintained like for example Strasbourg or Rothenburg medieval but...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

I made a special trip alone to Kunshan and then on to Suzhou in 2015, May June. I had studied some of the Kunshan economy and also knew about zhouzhuang. From Kunshan (one stop by fast train from Pudong) by bus to zhouzhuang just a...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Lao G
Reviewed October 3, 2018

i love history and i love this little "city" such an interesting place to visit. from the shops to the houses open for exhibit, this is nothing short of phenominal

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

I wonderful place to visit and experience the old architecture and the serenity of the water blending through the town. The boat ride is a must do. You get a more intimate experience and dynamic view as you sail through the heart of the city....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Nderi2
Reviewed August 27, 2018

In the pas I had heard of Suzhou but never of Zhouzhuang. We did a boat tour, spent half a day in the water town and watched real small boats go by à la Venitian. People smiling all over and even singing while rowing the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank JMPaq1951
Reviewed August 16, 2018

What a blessing to be back once again to this magical and enigmatic ancient canal town, The Venice of the East, one of China's over 50 UNESCO World Heritage sites. One can easily spend the entire day navigating its bewildering labyrinth of narrow streets. Every...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Truly B
January 6, 2017|
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Response from JedRevolutia | Reviewed this property |
There is a daily evening performance show called "Zhouzhuang in Four Seasons" and it is a must-watch. The first large-scale water performance and an acclaimed world class theater production, "Zhouzhuang in Four Seasons... More
June 26, 2016|
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Response from Jill M | Reviewed this property |
You could combine Suzhou and Zhouzhang. Travel from Shanghai to Suzhou and stay overnight, travel onto Zhouzhang the next morning, visit the water town then and return to Shanghai the following morning
June 6, 2016|
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Response from Augustine F | Reviewed this property |
There is a local bus directly from Shanghai to there, but last the return bus is early in the evening, alternately you can take a cab from there to the nearest subway and return late, see my comments on this place for more... More
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Beerwah, Australia
Shanghai to Zhouzhuang (6 Replies)
Hi l want to go to Zhouzhuang water town. Can you get a bus from Shanghai Stadium. Some sites say you can others say you can't. If not what is the best way to get there. Thanks for any help. Michelle
November 06, 2016|
Response fromshtarker2016|
Yes you can, here it is: From Shanghai: 1. Take a bus from Shanghai South Long-Distance Bus Station to the town. The bus departs at 8:11 and 13:21, at a fare of CNY 29. 2. Take a bus from Shanghai Long-Distance General Bus Station. The bus departs at 7:05, 8:00, 10:10, 12:00, 14:20 and 16:20, at a fare of CNY 29. 3. Take a bus from Shanghai Hongqiao Long-Distance Bus Station to Jiangze, and then walk around 5 minutes to the west gate of the water town. 3. Take a tourism bus from the...More
Could anyone revise my planning and give any suggestions? (8 Replies)
This is my plan for a two weeks first visit to China (April 2018): day 01 - 14 april - arrive at Shanghai airport at 15:15 - visit Shanghai by night day 02 - 15 april - morning: visit Shanghai - late afternoon: train or bus to Xitang (water town) day 03 - 16 april - morning: visit Xitang - late afternoon: taxi to Zhouzhuang (water town) day 04 - 17 april - morning: visit Zhouzhuang - late afternoon: Bus to Suzhou day 05 - 18 april - morning and afternoon: visit Suzhou - 19:19 night...More
July 02, 2017|
Response fromJean-Pierre D|
No point. visiting rwo sections of the Great Wall. Are you taking night trains to save money as there are good high-speed trains between these places. Looks ok otherwise.
Singapore, Singapore
is Zhouzhuang water town is suzhou ot kunshan ? (4 Replies)
I am not sure where is ZhouZhuang water town ? I thought is in Suzhou? I wanted to book a hotel in the Zhouzhuang town, but when I click into agoda, it actually prompt me that it is in kunshan. The zhouzhuang hotel they recommend is all in kunshan location. So I kindof blur and worry if I have the right zhuozhuang water town ? Please advise. Thanks Jac
November 11, 2014|
Response fromOrientalRed|
Distance from Zhouzhuang to each city is similar. But Zhouzhuang belongs to Kunshan, Kunshan belongs to Suzhou, if you need to know the governmental relationaships. Just like Alaska belongs to USA, but it actually looks more close to Canada.