The best way to visit the Water Town Zhouzhuang
A full day to explore the water town of Zhouzhuang from Shanghai is a great introduction to the area and culture. This private tour will offer freedom and flexibility to enjoy the sightseeing and the goal is to have a satisfying trip.
Zhouzhuang, a typical water town, is located in the southwestern part of Kunshan affiliated to Suzhou, at the junction of Shanghai and Kunshan. It is about 45 kilometres away from Suzhou, and about 100 kilometres away from Shanghai. Built in the year of 1086, it was named after the local - Mr. Zhou Digong who donated his land to repair the Quanfu Temple, while before it was called Zhen Feng Li.
As one of the six great ancient towns in the south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, 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.
Guide and driver will meet you in your hotel lobby at 9am or anytime you prefer.
You will drive from your hotel to Zhouzhuang (1. 5 hours) since Zhouzhuang is about 60km from downtown Shanghai.
After arrive in Zhouzhuang, your tour will start from the ancient arches and then walk along the ancient canals to feel the water atmosphere, old stone-made bridges and local houses. Then you will see one of the oldest official government house, Zhang's hall, which was originally built in the Ming Dynasty. Next, you will be taken to one of the richest residential houses, the Shen's Family Hall which is from the Qing Dynasty. This will help give different perspectives of houses during the different dynasties.
After, take a wooden boat in an ancient canal which is one of the highlights of visiting Zhouzhuang.
Watch ancient Kung opera in the stage.
Drive you back to Shanghai and drop you off in your hotel at the end of the tour.
FYI: Tour itineraries can be customized.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Clients' central-located hotel lobby
End location: Clients' central-located hotel lobby
Duration: 8 hours
We use modern, new, clean , air-conditioned van, with a professional and experienced driver.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
200 RMB - client's lunch and personal expense
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Qinqin was fantastic - very friendly, helpful and a great sense of humour. She went out of her way to help us understand the culture and history and tips for our time in Shanghai. We were picked up, transported around and dropped off exactly as described in the tour marketing. The car we travelled in was very comfortable and we felt safe the entire time. Would definitely recommend Qinquin and if we ever return to Shanghai would seek her out again for another exciting tour.