From our hotel in the Bund area, we hired a taxi for the afternoon for RMB 500. Takes about 45 min to 1 hour to get there.
As we get close, we get stopped by someone who looks like a local authority but turns out he's hustling to get customers for his restaurant. We drive straight past others who are trying to stop us.
As we enter the town, we were struck by how charming it was. Shops, houses, streets and the canal looked as if straight out of a movie set. Street vendors selling eats that I haven't seen before and the smell of roasted pork was very pleasant.
About 10 minutes into the stroll, I began to realize that every eatery served the same things and every other shop was selling touristy souvenirs. Streets were narrow and they were crowded. People shoving their way past each other was starting to get annoying. Then it hit me. Stinky tofu! Every street corner was selling this stuff. The smell after a while was overwhelming. We cut our trip short and decided to head back to town for lunch at Xintiandi.
Overall, Zhujiajiao was interesting and there are lots of great photo ops but don't expect any genuine cultural experience.
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