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Wuzhen Ancient Town

Wuzhen Ancient Town

Wuzhen Town is one of the four most famous ancient towns in the south of the Yangtze River. With a history of about 6,000 thousand years, it is located in Tongxiang City of Zhejiang Province.

With an area of 46.5 square kilometers, this historic scenic town is well-preserved, showing countless ancient stone-paved alleys, corridors, bridges, variegated walls, pawnshops, weaving and dyeing facilities and so on. Rivers and creeks run through the town.

Thousands of ancient homes can be found along the water. The former home of Mao Dun, a great master of modern Chinese literature, is located in 17 Guanqian Street. Embracing a profound historical and cultural background, it has been ranked as a 4A (the highest being 5A) scenic spot in China.

Wuzhen Ancient Town is divided into six districts, including: Workshops District, Residence District, and Culture District, Food and Beverage District, Shopping District, and Customs and Life district. Each district will not only the original appearance of the ancient town, but also the atmosphere of local traditional customs.

A main scenic spot of Wuzhen is Xizha area where it is composed of 12 small islands with more than 70 bridges linking them. The term “harmonious” may be the most suitable to describe Xizha area. The most unique site is the “Bridge in Bridge”: one is Tongji Bridge from east to west and the other is Renji Bridge from south to north joining the former at the one end. Both bridges can be seen through the arch of each other; that’s why it’s called “Bridge in Bridge.”There are many local folk activities held there that will surprise you.

There is a Bed Exhibition Center in Wuzhen Ancient Town where hundreds of beds from the Ming and Qing Dynasties are displayed. In this center, you can see wooden beds that were used by rich or ordinary people. Some are luxurious, some simple, while others have exquisite carvings and decorations. Additionally, some beds are made from rare materials. All of them present you the extensive and profound bed culture of many dynasties.

Tourists may watch the dyeing of fabrics with traditional, dyeing techniques. You can even operate the machines by yourself. The locals in Wuzhen live a simple and frugal life. Many of them breed silkworms and raise chrysanthemums. They maintain the tradition of buying fruit and vegetables from trading boats through the windows of their houses.