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Wuzhen Water Town
Wuzhen Water Town

Wuzhen Water Town

Wuzhen Town, Tongxiang, Eastern China, 314500

The Basics

There’s plenty to see and do on a visit to Wuzhen Water Town, and it’s best enjoyed as a full day tour. A trip will typically include a ride on a traditional wooden boat, plus a visit to East Street, where many of the town’s attractions are based, such as the Hundred Bed Museum, the Sanbai Wine Workshop, and the Hongyuan Thai dye house. For visitors staying in nearby Hangzhou, evening tours to Wuzhen showcase the water town at its most atmospheric, when its ancient alleys and canals are illuminated in a warm glow.

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Wuzhen Water Town Day Tour from Hangzhou
Wuzhen Water Town Day Tour from Hangzhou
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$111.26 per adult
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This trip was great. Our tour guide...
This trip was great. Our tour guide was fabulous and made adjustments to the itinerary to accommodate some limitations of one of our tour group. I especially appreciate that there was no high pressure shopping included in this trip. We did the trip on a weekend which meant there were large crowds a negative but it also meant that all of the special activities performances, etc were going on a positive.
Karen B, May 2015

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wuzhen is one of the most scenic and accessible water towns on the Grand Canal.
  • It takes about two hours to reach Wuzhen from Shanghai, depending on traffic.
  • Day trips typically last upwards of eight hours.
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How to Get There

The easiest way to reach Wuzhen is on a guided day trip from Shanghai or Hangzhou. If you’re visiting independently, take the bullet train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Tongxiang, then take a taxi.

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Ways to Beat the Crowds in Shanghai

Ways to Beat the Crowds in Shanghai


When to Get There

The best time to visit Wuzhen is between March and May, when the weather is cool and crowds thinner. Avoid visiting on Chinese national holidays, when the town is exceptionally busy with domestic tourists. If you don’t mind bundling up, winter is also a good time to visit.

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Shadow Puppetry

If you have time during your trip to Wuzhen, be sure to take in a shadow puppetry show, a traditional art form where performers project shadows of handmade figures on a screen to tell stories from Chinese folklore.

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