Zhouzhuang Water Town
Zhouzhuang Water Town
Zhouzhuang enjoys its good reputation as "the first water town in China". To some extent, it is on par with Venice in Italy, recounting its thousand-year history, displaying its gentle spirits, unique human landscapes and unsophisticated folk customs.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Nights and 6 Days Tour of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou Highlights
This tour takes you to visit the most important sights in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou. In Zhouzhuang & Suzhou, you discover Zhouzhuang Water Town, Hanshan Temple, Guanqian Street, Humble Administrator's Garden, Six Harmonies Pagoda and Hefang Street. In Hangzhou, you experience Lingyin Temple, Feilai Peak, Former Residence of Hu Xueyan and West Lake. In Shanghai, explore the city symbols including Old Town, Yu Gardens, City God Temple Bazaar, Bund, Nanjing Road and Shanghai Museum.
4 Days Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou Zhouzhuang Water Town Sightseeing China Tour
On this tour, you visit Shanghai covering the symbol of the city: Bund, Nanjing Road and Huangpu River cruise. In Zhouzhuang, discover beauty and elegance from the famous Water Town. In Suzhou, explore traditional culture from Hanshan Temple, Tiger Hill and Humble Administrator’s Garden. In Hangzhou, uncover the famous West Lake, Six Harmonies Pagoda, Hefang Street, Lingyin Temple, Feilai Peak, Mei Jia Wu Tea Village.
Suzhou Zhouzhuang Water Town Private Tour
This private day trip will allow you to see the typical south-east style water-way city Suzhou and the No.1 Zhouzhuang Water Town. In Suzhou, you discover the beauty of Master of the Nets Garden and explore the famous Guanqian Street for exploring local souvenirs and food.
1 Day Shanghai-Suzhou Tour including Lingering Garden and Zhouzhuang Water Town
Praised as the “Venice of Asia,” Suzhou features a scenic water town with numerous ponds and streams. Cruise along the winding waterways on this exquisite private tour that will enthrall you with a unique and lingering charm of the city's landscape especially the subtle gardens covering Lingering Garden and Zhouzhuang Water Town.
5-day Nanjing & Suzhou & Zhouzhuang & Shanghai Expedition Tour
Experience the famous heritage of Porcelain Tower of Nanjing, Zhonghua Gate, Confucian Temple and Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum; Discover the beauty of the garden city Suzhou Humble Administrator’s Garden and the Lingering Garden and Hanshan Temple. Then move and venture into famous Zhouzhuang Water Town and venture out in the Shanghai metropolis.
3 Days Shanghai & Zhouzhuang Water Town Tour with Airport Transfer
You will find pleasure from the 3 days trip to Shanghai and Zhouzhuang. In Shanghai, have a deep understanding of the city at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, explore history at Jingan Temple and European architecture complex "the Bund", enjoy ancient art collection at the Shanghai Museum and beautiful Yu Garden, entertain at Xintiandi and Nanjing Road. Besides, the wonderful experience to the waterland of Zhouzhuang adds more insight into your trip.
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