This is one of the relatively least visited water towns in the area. You won't find the huge crowds that swarm Zhouzhuang, Tongli or Wuzhen here, but don't expect to find only peace and quiet either, as it's pretty commercial all the same.
The ancient town is in fact part of a new, modern, big urban district lying east of Huzhou city. It's about 2 hours easy ride from Shanghai.
The town itself is beautiful though, with nice canals and houses with lots of red lanterns. The scenic spot is nice to stroll along, visiting the garden and mansions, which combine Chinese and Western architecture.
I found the nicest part of the old town north of the main scenic area, a place called Baijianlou in Chinese (百间楼), or the "100 room complex". Along this canal, the houses are not restored and kept their ancient, local charm. Chinese old town style life style still exists here and can be seen along the canal with small number of tourists.