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Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
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Ranked #34 of 1,354 things to do in Shanghai
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town also known as the "pearl stream." Best known for its bridges, built during Ming and Qing Dynasties, the various spans are built of wood, marble and stone.
Reviewed April 12, 2013

I visited this ancient water town during my visit in Shanghai visit in March 2013. It is quite easy to get to this place using public transport (less than RMB20 in 1hr journey) Huzhu Express Line at People’s Square Pu'an Road Jinling Road. The place is quite interesting with many shops, cafes, boats, bridges and people which is ideal for taking nice photos. This water town is definitely much bigger than where I've previously visited QiBao Ancient town, which has some shops and small bridges. I think this is a place worth visiting if you'll like to see how a water town looks like..

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Recently went with a group of friends on a sunny Saturday. We took the bus; the queue was long, but we still all got on. Transport is cheap (12RMB each way), but even though it's close, the bus takes >1hour. When we arrived it took some time to find the directions to the old town, but we managed eventually (it was around 10mins walk from the bus stop).

It was super busy in the centre, lots of people were crossing the bridges and pushing through the narrow streets. So I would recommend to go early morning and mid-week to avoid the crowds.

I liked the variety of food they sold - you could also usually try little bits before you buy something.

Do not go on a boat ride. We paid 65RMB and the journey was only around 5-10minutes. We just had enough time to take a few pictures before the driver chucked us out of the boat.

On the way back the bus was super packed and some of us had to sit on small seats in the aisle.

1  Thank 602TinaS
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

After the amazing hustle and bustle of Shanghai City, with it very western trimmings and modern culture, it was amazing to see an historical town like Zhujiajioa. We found a local guide (William) who was fantastic and showed us around and provided some great information about the history of the area! Well worth a visit and to get a glimpse of what life would have been like in old China.

1  Thank Jon C
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

This was a beautiful little water town southwest of Shanghai. We were surprised not only of it's beauty, but of all the really great non-traditional Chinese market shops. Many of these had nice clothing, pottery, handmade jewelry, paintings,and so much more! My 7 year old daughter loved looking in all the shops and we even stopped for an ice cream cone! What was also really surprising was that the prices in many of the shops were so cheap even before negotiating! We got two little hand-paintings for 15 RMB each, framed! :)

We were there probably 1- 1 1/2 hours (lost track of time) and walked the whole way. There were boats that you could ride on from one end of town to the other but we didn't explore those. A sweet little charm in China! A must see!

1  Thank Tonya B
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

We were lucky to have our own tour guide, Julie, who ensured we saw everything and learnt everything about this old village. The history was interesting and the gardens were lovely to walk through, great opportunity for some great photographs. We went for a ride down the river and then walked through the shops, interesting that all these people live behind these stalls, a little over priced but you can haggle, but also remember this is there livelihood. I thought the village was a great way to learn about history and spend a few hours, i thoroughly recommend this tour.

2  Thank Vicki C
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