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Address: Jinze Town, Qingpu District, Shanghai 201700, China
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one of many water towns in this area of China

Jin Ze is quite well known in the Shanghai area. Actually it is the last town of Shanghai before crossing the border into Jiangsu Province. The ancient water town part is just... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 February 2017
Shanghai, China
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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Jin Ze is quite well known in the Shanghai area. Actually it is the last town of Shanghai before crossing the border into Jiangsu Province. The ancient water town part is just off the main "shopping" street. Jinze is located on a main road called Huqingping Highway or the G318 to be exact. Getting there: 200 RMB in a taxi... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Nice, quiet old town, away from the hustle & bustle...yet developed, which means no restaurants as yet. You can walk around to explore/ find the 7 bridges that are still in tact in the town....you can see the various construction/ designs of the bridges based on the period they were built, 'nail-less', 'step-less' etc., depending on when each was built.... More 

Thank tangkew
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

This small town is still very unique , and keeps the old time atmosphere. Very few tourist , and very quiet. Unfortunately , they start to renew all the houses , and I'm quite sure that within a short time Jinze will become as crowed as all the other cities around Shanghai. So run to visit before it becomes an... More 

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Windermere, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

This town is a magnificent glimpse at an ancient Chinese water village without the commercialization that is in some other towns. Not everything is polished and clean, but it is real. It's tranquil and quiet (for now), but I cannot imagine it will stay that way for long.

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

We stayed almost two months in the large Jin Ze Art Center (visits by appointment only), which is a lovely and most interesting place to be as artist in residence. It is still under construction, but many old buildings have been lovingly restored and the old textile resources, woven material, hats, .... are very inspiring. Of course the canteen food... More 

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015

I'm almost scared to post a review of this place in case it gets ruined. I was expecting a totally developed place with loads of tacky nick nacks and plastic junk on sale but it was nothing like that. This is a place where Chinese people seem to be living and working rather than an overdeveloped tourist trap. I was... More 

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Shenyang, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

Forget about Zhouzhuang, Wuzhen, Xitang......Go to this little town before Tom Cruise makes a film here and turns it into another commercial and crowded attraction. This little town has everything you expect for a tranquil village as an embodiment of Jiangnan culture, called by Chinese to describe a sub-culture in the region south of Yangtze River. And it has something... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2011

Water towns around Shanghai get 'discovered' and then quickly 'ruined' by holiday crowds; Jinze is probably set on the same path, but a few months ago it was a still a little-visited and serene place, crisscrossed by canals, with real houses and real people, not hawkers or souvenir peddlers, with a handful of nice cobblestone lanes and bridges. After a... More 

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