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    ZhouZhuang Water Town  

       Zhouzhuang (Chinese: 周庄; pinyin: Zhōuzhuāng) is a town in Jiangsu province, China. It is located within Kunshan county-level city, 30 km southeast of Suzhou.

      Zhouzhuang is a popular tourist destination, classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration. It is one of the most famous water townships in China, noted for its profound cultural background, the well preserved ancient residential houses and the elegant watery views. It has been called the "Venice of the East"

      History

      In the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC), Zhouzhuang Suzhou was a part of the fief Yaocheng and called Zhenfengli. After being donated to Full Fortune (Quanfu) Temple by Zhou Digong, a very devout Buddhist, in 1086 during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), Zhouzhuang got its present name.

      Sights

      Twin Bridges (Shuang qiao)

      Zhouzhuang is surrounded and divided by lakes and rivers. Many stone bridges cross the rivers, showing distinctive views of the water-town. The Twin Bridges, which are Shide Bridge and Yongan Bridge, are the most famous and are considered the symbol of Zhouzhuang. Built in the Wanli era (1573-1619) of the Ming Dynasty, the Twin Bridges are located in the northeast of the town. Shide Bridge is east-west and has a round arch, while Yongan Bridge is north-south and has a square arch. Crossing the two crisscross rivers (Yinzi Creek and Nabeishi River) and connecting at the middle, the Twin Bridges look like an old-style Chinese key. In 1984, 38 canvases of the notable painter, Chen Yifei, were exhibited in a New York gallery of Armand Hammer, chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation. "Memory of Hometown", which depicted the Twin Bridges, was one of the items on display and has gained the world's attention for Zhouzhuang. The painting was chosen to be the first-day cover of the United Nations' postage stamp in 1985.

      Fuan Bridge

      Located at the eastern end of Zhongshi Jie, Fuan Bridge was built in 1355 during the Yuan Dynasty. The unique trait of the Fuan is the consummate combination of the single-arch bridge and the bridge towers.

      Shen House

      Built in 1742 and located at the southeast side of Fuan Bridge, Shen House was the private property of the descendant of Shen Wansan, the first millionaire of Jiangnan (South of Yangtze River) in the early Ming Dynasty. The whole architectural complex is of the Qing's style and occupies an area of more than 2,000 square meters (half an acre). Over 100 rooms are divided into three sections and each one is connected by arcades and aisles. The first is the water gate and the wharf, where Shen's family moored boats and washed clothes. The middle part includes the gate ower, the tearoom and the main hall.

    ZhouZhuang Water Town ZhouZhuang Water Town

      Bricky gate tower carved with lively and ingenious figures which tell the historic stories or show the good wishes, make it a rare artwork. Tea room and main hall are places for serving guests, and the furnishings in here are all very elegant. The last section is the two-storied dwelling which consists of several buildings which are quite different from the main hall, more comfortable and refined in pattern and atmosphere. The painted sculpture of legendary Shen Wansan is in Datang Tower; cultural relics including ancient folk instruments are exhibited in Xiaotang Tower and Back Hall.

      Zhang House

    ZhouZhuang Water TownZhouZhuang Water Town

      Built by Xu's family in the Zhengtong era (1436-1449) of the Ming Dynasty and bought by Zhang's family in the early Qing Dynasty. Located to the south of the Twin Bridges, Zhang House has more than 70 rooms and takes up about 1,800 square meters (less than half an acre). With Ruojing River flowing through, Zhang House is a dapper and graceful residential house; has a tranquil courtyard and pond. Deep halls all represent the life of the quondam owner.

  • One day private tour to top highlights in Suzhou and Zhouzhuang

    One day private tour to top highlights in Suzhou and Zhouzhuang

      Many people call Suzhou as the Venice of China because of its larger network of water canals and towns. Zhouzhuang is undoubtedly the most famous one for its well-preserved architectures which can be dated back to more than 900 years ago. Unlike many other ancient towns, you can board a Chinese-style gondola to cruise along the waterways from one alley to other to admire the spectacular architecture and experience laid-back atmosphere of local living. In the tour, you have the opportunities of appreciating the classic garden, canal, and city wall in Suzhou , as well as Immersing yourself into the No. 1 water town of China - Zhouzhuang.

    Price : from USD 112

  • Three day Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou exploring private tour

    Three day Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou exploring private tour

    Visit the highlights of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou. In Shanghai, see exhibitions at the "Urban Planning Exhibition Hall", "Yuyuan Garden", the famous bazaar "Chenghuang Temple", the architecture complex "Bund" and the magnificent "World Financial Center".In Suzhou, visit a UNESCO garden: "Lion Grove Garden" and the classic "Suzhou museum".In Hangzhou view the sacred "Lingyin Temple" and cruise the beautiful "West lake".

    Price : from USD 236

  • Three day adventure private tour of Shanghai and Suzhou

    Three day adventure private tour of Shanghai and Suzhou

      The tour includes both Shanghai and Suzhou. In Shanghai, you experience the elegant "Yuyuan Garden", marvel at Western-style towers that once made Shanghai Paris of the East along "the Bund",enjoy gorgeous panoramic view of the new Shanghai on top of "Oriental Pearl Tower", shop in "Chenghuang temple",learn the history of Shanghai from "Shanghai Museum" and take a look at the modern face of Shanghai from "Pudong New Area". In Suzhou, you explore the biggest garden in Suzhou "Humble Administrator’s Garden", the magnificent "Panmen City Gate" and at last "have a cruise on the Grand Canal".

    Price : from USD 238

  • See classic  Shanghai and Suzhou in three day

    See classic Shanghai and Suzhou in three day

    In this tour, you'll get to explore Shanghai and Suzhou in 3 days. In Shanghai,you will visit the elegant "Yu Garden", marvel at Western-style towers that once made Shanghai Paris of the East along "the Bund", have a panoramic view of the modern Shanghai on top of "Oriental Pearl Tower", do some shopping in "Chenghuang temple", learn the history of Shanghai from "Shanghai Museum" and overlook skylines of Shanghai from "Pudong New Area". In Suzhou,visit "the Humble Administrator's Garden" which is the largest garden in Suzhou, the elegant "Panmen City Gate" as well as have a cruise on the "Grand Canal".

    Price : from USD 253

  • Four day authentic tour of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou

    Four day authentic tour of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou

    This 4 days Eastern China tour will begin from the modern city Shanghai to stretch the two of famous Chinese culture cities as Hangzhou and the Suzhou,during the four days program you will In Shanghai, experience the sophisticated and elegant Yuyuan Garden; marvel at Western-style towers that once made Shanghai Paris of the East along the Bund; enjoy gorgeous panoramic views of the new Shanghai from the top of Oriental Pearl Tower; In Suzhou,visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden,explore the elegant Panmen City Gate and at last have a cruise on the Grand Canal. In Hangzhou,cruise on west lake and then end the tour at the Dragon Well Tea plantation and the tiger spring.

    Price : from USD 346

  • Four day highlights tour of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou in private tour

    Four day highlights tour of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou in private tour

     This private tour includes the highlights of the metropolis Shanghai, the garden town Suzhou and the West Lake town Hangzhou. In Shanghai, the program includes the elegant "Yuyuan Garden", the Western-style towers that once made Shanghai Paris of the East along "the Bund", a panoramic view of Shanghai on top of "Oriental Pearl Tower", famous bazaar "Chenghuang temple", the informative "Shanghai Museum", and the city skyline Pudong New Area. In Suzhou, see the largest garden "the Humble Administrator's Garden", the elegant "Panmen City Gate" and have a cruise on the Grand Canal. In Hangzhou, have a cruise on the famous "west lake" and learn about the tea culture.

    Price : from USD 320

  • Experience Shanghai,  suzhou and  hangzhou in four days with a small group

    Experience Shanghai, suzhou and hangzhou in four days with a small group

    This tour is a small group tour and the vehicle provided is more comfortable than the normal coach with reasonable arrangements and it covers all of the city’s spectacular sights with a knowledgeable guide. In Shanghai, you can visit the urban oasis "Jade Buddha Temple",have a stroll on "People's Square", visit an ancient arts collection at the "Shanghai Museum", and move to the elegant "Yuyuan Garden", entertainment center "Xin Tian Di", famous bazaar "Chenghuang Temple",architecture complex "the Bund" and cruise on huangpu river. In Suzhou, you are able to discover the classic "Suzhou Museum", the largest garden in Suzhou "The Humble Administrator’s Garden" and the famous "Tiger Hill".In Hangzhou, you'll explore the sacred "Lingyin Temple" and cruise on west lake.

    Price : from USD 365

  • Four day best of sightseeing tour of Shanghai, suzhou and hangzhou

    Four day best of sightseeing tour of Shanghai, suzhou and hangzhou

    The tour covers all of the city’s spectacular sights with a knowledgeable guide. In shanghai, you experience the Spiritual Oasis "Jade Buddha Temple", leisure walk on the "People's Square", ancient Chinese art museum "Shanghai Museum",classic garden "Yuyuan Garden",entertainment district "Xin Tian Di",ancient bazaar "Chenghuang Temple",architectural complex "the Bund" and the "night cruise on huangpu river"; In Suzhou, you explore the famous "Suzhou Museum", largest Suzhou garden "the Humble Administrator’s Garden" and the "Tiger Hill"; In Hangzhou, you discover the well-known "Lingyin Temple" and the city landmark "west lake".

    Price : from USD 365

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