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Zhouzhuang Water Town
Zhouzhuang Water Town

Zhouzhuang Water Town

No.5 Daqiao Road, Zhouzhuang Town, Zhouzhang, Eastern China

The Basics

The town of Zhouzhuang ranks among the most popular day-trip destinations from Shanghai. These tours typically include a Chinese-style gondola ride through the canals, a walk across the town’s famous Double Bridge, and visits to a few of the town’s historic residences. Many day trips also include a stop in nearby Suzhou to explore some of its UNESCO World Heritage–listed gardens and tour a silk-spinning factory. For those visiting independently, the town itself charges a modest admission fee, but this includes entrance to all attractions; organized boat rides cost extra.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Suzhou

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educational tour
bonniechavez2nd, Nov 2019
Mini Group: One-Day Zhouzhuang and Jinxi Water Town Tour
our tour guide is very knowledgeable. she knows what she is talking. she is also very nice to her guests.
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Good Overview
LG964, Oct 2019
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai
Our tour guide Tom was excellent. He understood that we had read up on the histories of Suzhou and he added to our knowledge. We enjoyed the Master of Nets Garden which is a UNESCO site, and the water village of Zhouzhuang, where 20,000 people live and sell their wares.
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Awsome
Irene J, Jul 2019
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai
Even though it was raining we still enjoyed our trip to "little Venice" - Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village. Also the silk factory was very interesting to see the silk worm to the finished product. Thank you Frank for an enjoyable day.
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One Day Water Town tour from Shanghai
john_A, Jun 2019
Mini Group: One-Day Zhouzhuang and Jinxi Water Town Tour
A great trip.Picked up on time from our hotel on time and delivered back as per the schedule. Jack our tour guide was very proficient in English and our driver was also very accomplished behind the wheel.No scary moments.The tour itself was excellent and the crowds were not excessive.A good lunch was provided.Did an enjoyable boat trip and had to duck around the posing ladies getting photographed on the bridges.Everyone was very friendly and although there weren't many Westerners doing these tours the Chinese people were very polite and friendly.If you have blonde hair you will be asked to pose with bunches of giggling ladies but its all good fund.Thanks Jack for the experience.
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Just beautiful!
Guide43123809564, Jul 2019
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai
I loved by Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day trip. This was a great way to get out of Shanghai city for a full day. Our Vehicle was very comfortable, Frank our guide was wonderful and our group was very small (and lovely!) My highlight was The water village, it was a really special place to visit and looked like it was out of a picture book! I would definitely recommend this tour to get you out of the big city and to experience some village life.
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Water Town in Shanghai
Doris_O, Jun 2019
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai
Frank was our tour guide, and he did a great job explaining the history of the sights, yet the tour did not seemed rushed. The water town in Souzhou was magical from beginning to end. The Chinese Garden was enchanting and quaint. We had a memorable day!
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Fantastic Day out
Jennifer_L, Aug 2019
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai
We were picked up at our hotel at exactly he arranged time Meet by a delightful guide Annaliese, On the 29th July my wife & I decided to do Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai. We were picked up at exactly our pre-arranged time and meet by our delightful guide Aleena. We booked a group tour but due to changes became a personal tour, which turned out to be in our favour. Our very informative guide made it a day to remember. Our trip to Suzhou garden and Zhouzhuang village, a walk through the Village, then cruising on a gondola through the beautiful waterways made fun with our singing oars-lady. We then had free time to browse, but we choose to sit in the shade by the canal & watched the gondalas go by, as the temperatures was 36 deg. We then boarded our Coach for a very interesting visit to a silk processing factory then a delicious meal, then an enjoyable ride back to our Hotel, talking to Aleena about her country Aleena's English was excellent and she a delight, and was not imposing in anyway. (.Aleena in Chinese means "Eloquent " ). I would thoroughly recommend this Tour Roy and Jennifer
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quick trip
AnnMarie_Y, Jul 2018
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai
This was a pretty quick trip given that both cities are a bit of a drive from Shanghai and traffic was heavy on a Saturday morning. We only had time to see one place in Suzhou, the Net Master Garden. We stopped to see the old city wall, but there was only time to look at it from the distance. We could have done without the obligatory stop at the silk factory, although a number of people in the group did buy some souvenirs. Zhouzhuang was lovely but very crowded with narrow passages that were packed with people as it was a long week-end in China. The canal ride was pleasant but there wasn't time to see much as we had to head back to Shanghai. It would have been nice to have spent more time looking at the shops. Either city could be a day trip all it's own.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A visit to Zhouzhuang Water Town is a must for couples, history buffs, and photographers.

  • Most day trips to Zhouzhuang include hotel pickup and drop-off.

  • Guided tours to Zhouzhuang from Shanghai can last anywhere from six to 10 hours, depending on the option chosen.

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How to Get There

Zhouzhuang ancient town is located about 90 minutes by car from the urban sprawl of Shanghai and not far from Suzhou. The easiest way to get there is by joining a guided tour, but it’s also possible to catch a bus from any of Shanghai’s long-distance bus stations.

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When to Get There

While the water town itself is always open, its scenic spots and attractions are typically open from 8am to 4:30pm. Plan to arrive early, stay late, or spend the night to take in the atmosphere without the crowds of day-trippers. Avoid visiting on Chinese public holidays or summer weekends.

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Wansan’s Pig Shank

If you have time for lunch in Zhouzhuang Water Town, consider sampling the local specialty, Wansan’s pig shank (also called Wansan’s elbow or Wansan’s hoof). A Ming dynasty dish commonly served while entertaining guests, Wansan’s pig shank is made by braising a pork hock for several hours.

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