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“Ancient Water Village”

Zhouzhuang Water Town
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Half-Day Zhouzhuang Water Town from Shanghai
Ranked #1 of 67 things to do in Kunshan
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Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

I loved spending time in this water village. It was very much set up for tourist, but most of the tourist were Han Chinese and not foreigners. As a young, white female I got a lot of attention (photographs, stares, and from shop keepers), but I didn't mind. However, it's good to know that there's not that much to see here. It's a great place to stay and explore for a day and one night, but you can see it all in one day. You definitely want to take a taxi or a rickshaw from the bus station to the water village. Watch out though, this town is full of tourist traps! If an old lady comes to sirande you, she'll demand a large tip (especially if you're a foreigner). Also, the food inside the ancient water village is very over priced. We went to a nice place on the corner two blocks away and it was a fourth of the price and better food!

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

A nice spot you really ought to visit if you are in Shanghai area. 1-2 hours away depending of your Shanghai location. The place has a lot of historical buildings and offer boat trips rides, which you will really enjoy (almost a copy of what you see in Venice). Note, that the boat trip stops in a different location than where it starts. Plenty of opportunity to shop and eat in all the various places in the "village".

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

I had a great day out (few hours) at this picturest water village after trying to avoid the doggey taxi drivers from outside the bus station . bit weird the bus stops a kilometer away and not near the entrance . The building and craftspeople are interesting to watch , there is lots of great little cafes and resturants and bars . Done the boat ride around the canals were there is a photo opertunity every were you look . Might have been the time of day but the reflections on the water were in places magical . Our guide on the boat sang her way around and actually had a very pleasent voice ,wish i could rember her name . We were going to wait for others to share a boat but decieded to go alone and glad we had the baot to ourselves and could take photos and move around without disturbing others .
Must admit the day we were there was very quiet and was no crowds as other reviews sugest but i can imagine the narrow paths would easliy become buisy . Guess thats just pot luck and not planing but it is an interesting change of pace from Shanghai city life .
Also i traveled to and from on public transport with the help of my chinese freind from Shanghai wich made it much easier for me .

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

Couple of hours away from Shanghai, good day-trip. Lots to see, good local shops and restaurants, friendly people. Great place for photos of your China trip.

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

Zhou Zhuang is a nice place, but is slightly too commercial and crowded. I visited the place by joining a one day tour, departed from Shanghai city. It is about 1 hour journey from Shanghai city to Zhou ZHuang in the morning, under normal traffic condition.

There is a nice temple in Zhou Zhuang, where there is a tour guide will come and tell you some stories about the temple. Tourist were suggested to offer the flower to Buddha (plastic flower, which was already prepared by the temple. It's free). After that, they encourage you to pray for your family, espcially those come with family, those come with spouse, those come alone...... almost everyone. Suggest people to pray for the old parents, spouse, friends, childrens..... They starts categorised those come with family- stand here, come with friends- stand there, come alone- stand there.... Then the monk starts pray for the tourist. They encourage visitors to write their name and family member's names into a book, so the monk can pray for all those people where the names are registeres inside their book.

Honestly, these really made me very unconfortable and I stay away. When I was back to hotel, i go into internet and search for relating information. I found some post complaint about these, said the temple tried to make you pay after offer you the "service". So, beware.

Not only in this temple, I heard that some others temples in China also have similar tricks, to make tourist pay (499, 1099, etc...) some amount, otherwise you can't leave.

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