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Xitang Ancient Town
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Owner description: A small ancient town on water that still preserves its original look.
Reviewed March 19, 2013 via mobile

Surprisingly a clean water village, they really try to make this tourist spot as comfortable as they can. I tried the small boat to cruise the village, very interesting! Try to also make conversation with the lady cruiser and she will sing a traditional song. This village is one of a must go spot if you visit nearby city like Shanghai or Suzhou.

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Reviewed February 15, 2013

The architecture of Xitang is definitely worth a visiting. The old buildings, the bridges typically represent the style of Niangnan. But in the day, there are many many tourists, in some place you are not able to stop to have look or take a picture. It is hard to take a picture without crowded tourists. Maybe next time I will come here at night and overnight here in order to find the quiet old town.

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Reviewed January 13, 2013

I was worried that 100RMB entry was expensive but found it very much value for money. The ticket gives you entry to 11 "museums" throughout the village. Wandering around the streets is a pleasure with shop windows to look in, but nobody forcing their wares on you. We visited on A lovely Saturday in January it was a little cold and it is approaching Spring festival so maybe the visitor numbers were low we had lots of space to walk. Watching a Chinese opera in the sunshine was a memorable experience. Wear sensible shoes to walk in and do not eat breakfast before you go the food inside is good, eating at the same restaurant as Tom Cruise has is not a claim to fame but the food should be famous. I must be easily pleased but the toilets throught the site were a pleasure!!! all very clean and fresh smelling. the cleanest I have seen in many a tourist attraction around the world

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Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

A typical ancient Chinese watertown and very photogenic. However, it can get very crowded in Summer days and not so well preserved. IMO both Wuzhen and Zhouzhuang watertowns are more worth visiting and cleaner, too.

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We spent a day and a half in Xitang which is enough. If you are pushed for time a day trip would suffice as the town is very small and only takes about half an hour to walk round. However, it is worth seeing it both in the daylight and at night when all of the red lanterns hung from the buildings are lit. There are bits of the town that are really pretty and it is nice to walk around viewing authenticate old Chinese buildings alongside the canals.

However, it is a real shame that the local government hasn't done a better job of preserving the place.

Unfortunately, some of the views are interrupted by chimneys and electricity pylons that have been built in the urban area around the town. The surrounding area which hems in the town is China at its very worst - ugly buildings, rubbish strewn streets and pollution spewing factories.

The buildings in the town are now all either B&Bs, gift shops, bars or restaurants. Some of the shops are more interesting than those found in every other China tourism place.

We ate in a couple of restaurants, both of which were appalling. Most of the other restaurants we saw seemed to be similar. The owners obviously feel because they are located in a place with so many tourists they can get away with awful food and terrible service.

If you do plan on staying make sure you find a B&B away from the bars as they play very loud music until quite late.

On weekends you are supposed to buy an entrance ticket for the town costing RMB100. There are some ticket barriers on the main streets into the town. However, you can simply walk through the smaller streets with no need to but a ticket. I wouldn't feel guilty about doing this as it doesn't seem much of the money is spent on the town's up keep. Weekday entry is free to the town, although you need a ticket even on weekdays if you want to go into the various small museums dotted about the town.

Overall I would recommend coming here as the old buildings, narrow streets and canals are something you rarely see in China but don't come expecting to find a well preserved town.

4  Thank JiaqiG
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