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“Interesting but expensive” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
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Zhujiajiao Water Village Half Day Tour from Shanghai
Ranked #21 of 1,310 things to do in Shanghai
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 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.
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“Interesting but expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

We came to the village with a guide in the afternoon, in the evening. There was no crowds of tourists and we were able to calmly walk over bridges and streets, ride on a boat. In the evening we sat in the empty cafe on the canal and drinking green tea. Villagers continue a normal life without the tourists. The old ladies were talking in front of the house, residents preparing food in balconies
The place is fun, but expensive tour. High prices in the cafe. Simple green tea from 80 to 100 yuan for a small kettle

Visited May 2013
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“Venice of Shanghai ???”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

I have been told in the past that Saint Petersburg is the Venice of the North. I've found it to be an overstatement (I have worked and lived in Saint Petersburg). I have also worked and lived in Italy & have been to Venice many, many times. This time I have been told that Zhujiajiao is the Venice of Shanghai and the confrontation was also not in favor of that sleepy suburban little town on the water. You would need to invest 4 hours in visiting Zhujiajiao (2.5 hours for a round trip from Shanghai and 1.5 hour for a visit; without a lunch). Is it worth it ?. I do not think so !!!. The little town is not really all that bad, but if you are a tourist visiting Shanghai for a 3 - 4 day stop; than it is not worth the trip and the time. Look at couple of pictures taken by me and judge for yourself.

Visited May 2013
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Shanghai, China
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“Thousand years old water village mixing with some hip tea house”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

Since it's just less than 1 hr bus ride from SH, so my boyfriend and I just went there for an afternoon. The bus was easy to find, 12rmb per ride. I'd say the water village is a giant tour spot with tons of souvenir shop. Not very much to visit in fact. Maybe because I have been to Wuzhen before, so same place to me. But the special part is the nice hip tea house along the river. It's quite pricey but the quiet river plus the nice balcony view on the river was a really great experience. A little bit bad memory at the end was the messy return bus to SH. The bus was supposed to come every 10-20 mins. At the end, however, we had to stand for 1 hr before we can get on the bus. Overall, it was still a nice getaway place if you are living in SH. P.S. A lot of stinky tofu around.

Visited May 2013
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“Too Commercialised”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

Another ancient town in Shanghai like Wuzhen, nice view with nice photogenic scenery, but too commercialised. There are 36 bridges across the river within Zhujiajiao, Setting-free bridge is one of the famous. Tickets admission to some structures or buildings are needed, even if you are going for pray in the temple, the monks will approach you for the donation, so I said it is too commercialised. I had the tea at one of the tea house which is situated beside the river, hanging with many frames of chinese calligraphy with history as far as from Qin dynasty, it is recommended if you are looking for a place to rest and also to avoid the noise. No matter how, it is worth to visit if you are in Shanghai.

Visited April 2013
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“Charming ancient water town - perfect local getaway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

I visit Shanghai on business and wanted to do something local that is not city like. I arrived at 11 am on a saturday and was enraptured by the quiet scene at sight - tons of feathery seeds were gently settling on the still waters and one of the many bridges was starting to get some visitors. We immediately got into a boat and were given the opportunity to steer it as we navigated quietly through other bridges and gazed at the tea houses and a temple Within two hours, the fairly small town was packed with visitors and it became very lively.
I am impressed with the museums and galleries that give a glimpse of history - silk road, postal service and exposure to water color painting. Where ever you venture, you can smell their food specialties like braised pork in leaves (Zharou) or stinky tofu. At this point, the coffee aromas from the many coffee/tea/beer cafes take a back seat to the clearly popular dishes :). Lots of serious photographers are busy capturing all the lively and quiet scenes, both of which co-exist even during a very busy time.

Visited April 2013
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