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Review of Wuzhen Water Town

Wuzhen Water Town
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$144.00*
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Private Wuzhen Water Town and West Lake Day Trip from Hangzhou
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$181.30*
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Private Day Tour: Water Towns Xitang and Wuzhen from Shanghai
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$374.00*
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Full-Day Wuzhen Water Town Trip from Shanghai
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Tongxiang
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Wuzhen, a 1300-year-old water town on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, is a national 5A scenic area and one of China's top ten historical & cultural towns. Located on the Hangzhou-Jiaxing-Huzhou Plain in northern Zhejiang Province, it is at the center of the golden triangle consisting of Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou. Wuzhen can be easily accessed through a number of expressways and national highways. In 2001, Wuzhen was named as a candidate for UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List. At the end of 2006, it was included in the revised List of China's Candidates for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. In 2009, Wuzhen was named as the first PATA eco-tourism destination in Mainland China. The ancient Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal flows through the town, which is divided by waterways into four areas, Dongzha, Xizha, Nanzha, and Beizha. Since its foundation in 872 A.D., Wuzhen has never changed its name, location, waterways, or way of life. Traditional buildings remain intact today even after hundreds years of weathering.
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

I came here from Hangzhou and really enjoyed the town. The town itself is nice to walk around and observe the current way of life and imagine the former. I thought museums inside some of the houses were generally entertaining and educational. While difficult to watch the foot binding museum was my most memorable.

We arrived at mid day and left in the morning but I would have preferred to stay a little longer. I actually thought the shops were quite competitively priced, and contained a good selection and variety of items.

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Reviewed September 27, 2013

We have been to several water towns, but Wuzhen is definitely the best so far.

It is very clean, less crowded and touristy, and very charming. We decided to stay a night and we were glad we did - after 6 pm, most visitors have left for the day and you can wander around and take some very nice photos. Mind you, even then, a lot of the restaurants are packed and you will have to queue for a place.

Do try out some of the local snacks - our favorite was the stall selling buns filled with meat, sesame paste or preserved vegetables, located just to the right of the entry point where the golf buggy drops you. They also serve freshly made soya bean drinks, and a snack for two costs around 40 rmb. There are other stalls nearby selling fried turnip and dough fritters, or you can try a variety of HK-style meats. For more upmarket dining, you can visit the Waterside Resort etc. There is also a smattering of cafes and bars which are open till late.

There are several museums and attractions, including the black pottery factory where you can have a hands on lesson for 30 minutes for 25 rmb, as well as the iron foundry with the largest wok. There are also several shops catering to shopaholics though, to be honest, some of the products are mass produced. We especially liked Pureland, which sells ceramic tiles depicting life in China, as well as the double-stitched thread portraits. Small handmade pictures sell for as low as 89 rmb and are a good souvenir.

We stayed in the west village. Day tickets till 530 pm in the summer cost 120 rmb, while entry after that costs 80 rmb. There is a free ferry service (3 minute ride and powered by a rower) to the town just at the entrance, or you can opt to take the golf cart if your lodgings are at the other end of town. You can book your hotel room online, or even at arrival at the main entrance hall. Driving from Shanghai takes about two hours each way on the S12.

Bathrooms are clean, especially the one near the exit to the town, which seemed palatial. Do note that there are several stone bridges with steep steps crisscrossing the river - those with heavy strollers or wheelchairs might have difficulty moving from one bank to the other.

6  Thank Orator11
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

If you are in Shanghai or Hangzhou and have a day to spare then you could do worse than come to Wuzhen. This small town is a well preserved water town. Of course there are tourist traps everywhere. Many Chinese visit towns like these to sample the 'countryside' cuisine. Be careful about eating here if you have a weak constitution.
This is a village full of character, even on a gloomy day the place looked stunning. On a clear night, it must be wonderful to see.

2  Thank AlexInShenzhen
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

This is a fascinating water town and quite different to Zhouzhuang. It's larger and, somehow, more authentic, probably because it is still a community and real people still live there. It also seemed to be less crowded and has less aggressive hawkers. There are two parts: east side and west side and there's a complimentary shuttle bus that runs between them. It is like taking a step back in time and there are many interesting museums that reflect the history of China and Wuzhen: weddings, foot binding, folk lore, beds, indigo dyeing, wine making . . .the cost is 150¥ for both sites (cheaper for over 70 year olds) and it takes five to seven hours to take in all there is to offer. The bus from Hangzhou takes one to one and a half hours and costs 27¥ each way. If you are looking for a hotel, you can't go past Lin Clan Hotel.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Very, very cool place to visit for anyone that is a fan of Chinese history. You feel like you're stepping into 19th century China. The restaurants I visited had fantastic food, if a little expensive, and the shopping was on the expensive side by Chinese standards.

This was the cherry on top of my 6 month stay in China, and I know when I visit China again soon I will spend a couple days in Wuzhen.

If you have the time, a night or two in Wuzhen is a great experience.

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