Zhouzhuang Water Town

Zhouzhuang Water Town, Kunshan: Address, Phone Number, Zhouzhuang Water Town Reviews: 4/5

Zhouzhuang Water Town
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Tubby Panda
Portsmouth, UK414 contributions
Clean and tidy but like all water towns
Mar 2021
China rates this as number 1 water town, it is good but I feel they are pretty much all the same.
As a photographer I have visited many and they seem to blend together, seen one, seen them all. The difference here is they charge you 100 rmb for the privilege.
We had to get a train to Kunshan, then its a bus to a bus station where you change to a smaller bus and on to the watertown.
I suggest you take your own food and drink as once inside it is lacking in choice and terribly expensive.
The area is clean and tidy, it is easy to navigate your way around, don't worry about getting lost as it is not that big. It has a main entrance and several exits, should you reach a smaller exit just turn around and wander a different lane.
Like with all Chinese tourist places it has been modernised yet it still has some of the past and old areas if you can find them.
I found it interesting, 350 photos in my day there and clocked up 15k steps, all of it flat with the odd arched bridge. Worth at least a half day there to walk around and see everything.
Written March 30, 2021
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Andrew3636
Toronto, Canada104 contributions
Fun for a walking adventure!
May 2019
Fairly easy to navigate by yourself, no risk of getting majorly lost.

Maybe it was the time of year, but the crowds were minimal.
Written February 3, 2020
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Emmi35
Bangkok621 contributions
Back In Time!
Jan 2020 • Couples
We took a private tour to this charming water town. The buildings along two sides of the entrance are replicas of old style houses. This water town is not that big but filled with its charming small old houses, narrow pavements and alleys, canals and stone bridges. Out of 14 stone bridges, the oldest is Fu’an Bridge while the most famous is the Double Bridge.

Zhang Residence, Zhouzhuang’s oldest mansion, is very well preserved. It helps us understand how the wealthy family in those days lived. A must to visit.

There are lots to see and do there—strolling the narrow alleyways to appreciate the old style houses along the canals, crossing stone arch bridges , learning about how people live there, visiting two mansions of Shen and Zhuang families, eating local food at a restaurant by canal or sipping a cup of coffee at a famous café where Sanmao, a Taiwanese writer used to sit and write about, stopping by at the Chinese opera house just to see its grand stage or to even view the performance, or taking a gondola ride along the canal.
Written January 15, 2020
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Lovegoodfoodgoodwine
304 contributions
Nice visit with family.
Nov 2019 • Family
Great walk around, that can be sometimes crowdy. So better visit week days or at least out of any festival. The ticket purchased is valid for 2 days.
Written January 4, 2020
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anjan b
Singapore, Singapore9 contributions
Wonderful water village
Dec 2019 • Family
Worth visiting for the serene environment. The people & food are amazing. Its near Shanghai. No need for a guide too
Written January 1, 2020
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SeeMoreLiveMore
Singapore, Singapore526 contributions
I would recommend a visit ...
Nov 2019
A preserved water town, one of a few around the region. Interesting local history and quite a number of sites within to visit. Also, good for leisurely walk along the waterway. That said, these water towns are tourist-oriented places, and hence, they do get crowded and most of the shops are catered to visitors. Still, I would recommend a visit to one of the water towns as they are characteristic of the region.
Written December 16, 2019
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lewis314
Durham, NC129 contributions
Great way to spend a day in a fascinating old water town.
Nov 2019
The bridges, canals, and boats plying the canals made for a fascinating experience. We had a Chinese guide (which I recommend you hire) with us, and she certainly enhanced the trip by describing many of the things we were seeing, telling us stories and legends associated with the town, and helping us order a wonderful Chinese lunch. If you visit this water town, I recommend taking the boat ride, as well as going inside one of the nice sit-down restaurants where you (or your guide) can order a full Chinese meal (as in sitting around a rotating table and selecting foods as they rotate by---with chopsticks, of course). There were many small shops selling souvenirs, hand crafted items, food, and other things. We spent most of a day walking, boat-riding, looking around, watching the boats maneuvering, eating, etc. It was a day well spent.
Written November 30, 2019
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KB Commuter
Massachusetts162 contributions
Positives and negatives.
Nov 2019 • Friends
This is the closest water town to Shanghai. The place fills up with day trippers from the city and can be mobbed to the point of no ability to move. There is a lot very nice architecture. Boat pictures in the canals can be pretty but it can be tough to get decent shots of any buildings with all the people milling around you. It has tons of narrow streets with little shops selling all the usual and unusual items. Souvenir sales are the main driver here and only a few places are set aside for historical purposes. Lots of emphasis on textiles and weaving. We spent the night. I would recommend heading back to Shanghai after the day is over. If you don’t like fish, most of the restaurants are not for you.
Written November 16, 2019
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SandpitSurvivor489
London, UK28 contributions
Closest attraction to town.
Nov 2019 • Couples
This was our first tourist type visit in Shanghai. Just 90mins by train to the last stop on line 17. This water town has much preserved no major food chains but there is one area which houses a Starbucks among others. We wanted to eat locally but found it difficult to choose. Locals attempt to lure you with signature lines of “tea coffee, beer” but choosing somewhere to eat was hard visually as some places were busy with locals so knowing what they were eating was challenging and hygienically difficult to comprehend, so we waited until we got back. The area as well as the town is very traditional although there is not much to see, you can take a river ride visit the temple and take some cute pictures in the narrow paths of the river town houses. All in all it’s a nice easy day out. Items sold in the tourist markets can be found in other such markets like Yu Garden although they do have a beautiful variety of pearls, which I think is relevant to the towns stature.
Written November 9, 2019
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Stevek2240
Johannesburg, South Africa39 contributions
Not Venice but well worth a visit
Oct 2019
Lovely place to walk around. It is not the Venice of China as we were told but it is certainly worth a visit. Needs some restoration work but we enjoyed walking along the canals and looking in the shops
Written November 3, 2019
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