Wuzhen Water Town

Wuzhen Water Town, Tongxiang: Hours, Address, Wuzhen Water Town Reviews: 4.5/5

Wuzhen Water Town
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Scenic Walking Areas
7:20 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:20 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:20 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:20 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:20 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:20 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:20 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:20 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Wuzhen, a 1300-year-old water town on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, is a national 5A scenic area and one of China's top ten historical & cultural towns. Located on the Hangzhou-Jiaxing-Huzhou Plain in northern Zhejiang Province, it is at the center of the golden triangle consisting of Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou. Wuzhen can be easily accessed through a number of expressways and national highways. In 2001, Wuzhen was named as a candidate for UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List. At the end of 2006, it was included in the revised List of China's Candidates for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. In 2009, Wuzhen was named as the first PATA eco-tourism destination in Mainland China. The ancient Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal flows through the town, which is divided by waterways into four areas, Dongzha, Xizha, Nanzha, and Beizha. Since its foundation in 872 A.D., Wuzhen has never changed its name, location, waterways, or way of life. Traditional buildings remain intact today even after hundreds years of weathering.
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UnclePen
Memphis, TN843 contributions
For me, not a good use of limited time
Nov 2021 • Couples
This place feels totally manufactured and contrived, and when you read about how it was rebuilt and re-developed over recent years, you realize it is.

Basically the scheme is, you pay 150Y per person to get into the old town to snap some photos, to shop in the developer owned stores, eat in the developer owned restaurants, and stay in the developer owned Hotels (over priced and lacking alot.)

Save your money and go somewhere authentic during your limited time in China. This place will be a disappointment.
Written November 15, 2021
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Dan C
Portsmouth, UK8 contributions
Venice of China.
Apr 2021
Lovely, clean, historic and visually stunning. The Western district is the best part to visit and the local shops are jammed with authentic gifts from the town and across China.
Written April 11, 2021
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Gorgan
Florence, Italy110 contributions
Overcrowded these days.
Aug 2020
Wuzhen is probably one of the most famous water towns in China if not the most. It is truly beautiful and is worth a visit. I have been recently to Wuzhen and that was my second time. The first time I went there was back in 2009. Many things have been changed in the meantime. The beauty of the old city has been preserved but there is also a new section with some modern buildings. Visiting Wuzhen and more in general other places in China these days is not really convenient due to the corona virus issues. In the past Chinese could travel abroad but now not, which means local tourist attractions are under assault and more and more crowded. However if you are used to elbowing your way you can still enjoy your visit.
As far as I remember (but I might be mistaken) in 2009 there was just one section of the ancient town open to visitors which was the most popular one (The West side of the water town). Now there is also the East entrance. The total price for both entrances is 190 RNB. It is kind of expensive and not really worth. If I were you I would opt for the West entrance also because the two mentioned entrances are very far away from each other unless you decide to take a cab.
Written August 29, 2020
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cecilia chin
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia181 contributions
A Chinese ink wash painting town...
Dec 2019 • Family
An ancient town with the charm of the water flowing from the canals, preserving the ancient appearance. The view of exactly of what is usually seen in the Chinese ink wash painting. A worth while experience and a pleasant relaxation place. Besides, the musuem that arouse lots of interest and the blue printed cloth of China manufacturing place.
Written August 9, 2020
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Stephen C
1,055 contributions
One of the most beautiful water town in China!
Jun 2020 • Couples
This is a beautiful water town located less than two hours drive from Shanghai. There are quite a few water towns around Shanghai, but this by far is the best.

The township has done a very good job of preserving the original architecture. It is clean and well organized.

You can do a day trip from Shanghai, but I would recommend a 1 night stay within the West or East Zha (gates). The reason is so that you can enjoy the wonderful scenery in the morning before the gates are open to day trippers. The highlight must be the lighting along the banks of the river town because it’s awesome so you must definitely make it a point to stay for the evening.

Entrance fee for the West park is 150 RMB. If you are staying within the park, you will get a 20% discount for the entrance fee.
Written June 16, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,030 contributions
Tourism has returned to the fantasy water-town
Jun 2020
There is lots to see in this beautiful ancient water town. Very scenic, nice architecture, and I especially like typical ancient Chinese bridges.
Written June 9, 2020
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Joel K
Vancouver, Canada3,001 contributions
Crowded... Chinese water town.... easy strolling and people watching
Nov 2019
There are many things to see and experience in this historic refurbished Chinese water town refurbished in 2001 and opened to the public. It was delapidated for many years. Now their are many of the old homes refurbished and made into mini museums, shops, boutiques and more. The houses we visited were a Indigo display, Mu Xi house - author, Bed exhibit, Mao Dun exhibit for the philanthropist who developed the Nobel Prize for Literature in China and many other displays. Oh, and don't forget the small boat ride along the canals.
Written March 15, 2020
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tthean99
Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
Family holiday
Dec 2019 • Family
Nice and serene place to stay, away from the business buzz.

The restaurants in the compound that cater to tour group offer only average food. Maybe the smaller eateries may offer better food.

Can enjoy a relaxing walk in the winter and must say the night offers a wonderful sight.
Written March 6, 2020
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expat84
Arizona37 contributions
Great little canal town!
Oct 2019
We really recommend this little canal town. Some of China's greatest painters and writers are from here, and there are many historic buildings and sights. It's fun to wander the streets and poke into the many shops selling everything from clothing to souvenirs. Restaurants are good, too. Be sure to ride in one of the boats!
Written January 15, 2020
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AaronVancouver
Vancouver100 contributions
Great example of a Chinese Canal City
Jan 2020 • Couples
Best water town, canal town in close proximity to Shanghai! Worth checking out as it offers glimpse into China’s historical past. Many shops and restaurants to explore and try.
Written January 5, 2020
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