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Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
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Zhujiajiao Water Village Half Day Tour
Ranked #32 of 1,363 things to do in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town also known as the "pearl stream." Best known for its bridges, built during Ming and Qing Dynasties, the various spans are built of wood, marble and stone.
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed this little day trip - great to experience another side to Shanghai getting of the city into a village environment. It felt like a China version of Venice, and just as crowded. Would highly recommend. Make sure you go to the Kezhi Gardens. Give yourself at least 2-3 hours to explore the village - more if you like to amble and want to stop for lunch. There is some quite nice boutique shops. We only purchased a ticket for the 4 site entry (Folk Custom Tour) this was more than enough for 2-3 hours.

1  Thank rach m
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Reviewed 15 August 2018

This site was quite a drive from Shanghai (about an hour) but well worth the visit - even on a rainy day, You can have a lovely little ride on a boat around the canals and see the sights from there. Very atmospheric! There are lots of little shops to visit that are clustered around the canals selling everything from bedding to some very strange looking food items.
There isn't a great deal of information at the site itself although there is a museum which you can visit. Entrance fees seem rather steep compared to the cost of getting there and I am not sure how good the museum would be. Signs around the canals are both in Chinese and English so easy enough to find your way around.
We had a foot pedicure (fish type) which was fun, especially since it gave us a break from the rain.
Well worth a visit - you can easily spend a few hours or more here. The only problem is getting back as taxis are hard to come by but I understand there is a shuttle bus to the bus station and you can catch a bus back to Shanghai. Alternatively you could go to the metro and catch a train - Line 17 is quite close by. Make sure you take your directions with you in Chinese otherwise you might struggle!

2  Thank Helen M
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Reviewed 12 August 2018

It's a typical south old china water town. South of China is famous for it water town. The water in the town is dirty, can't swim of course. But the Town is nicely suited with the small river. Many touristy food and snacks over there as well souvenir shops.

Thank Qingling T
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

Although touristic and crowdy the village is magnificent! The canals the ride with the boats, are all a must!

Thank KONSTANTINOS G
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Reviewed 3 August 2018

I was very much looking forward to discovering one of the "Water Town" surrounding Shanghai. IN my humble opinion, it is not worth the drive, minimum 90 minutes from center of Shanghai. Not much to see, not clean, not well organized. We spent 1 hour walking around and came back as soon as we can. Problem it took another hour to be back due to traffic.

1  Thank BrotherYo
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