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Zhouzhuang Water Town

Zhouzhuang Water Town

Zhouzhang is located 30 kilometers southeast of Suzhou City in Jiangsu Province. It is a typical ancient town in Southern China. It is one of the most famous waterside towns, also known as “Venice of the East” due to it well-preserved ancient residences, elegant waters, and local customs.

Its unique geographical location has served as an important distribution for commodities like grain, silk, porcelain, crafts, among others since the Yuan Dynasty. Zhouzhang is surrounded by rivers and canals on all sides and has attracted thousands of artists, photographers and millions of visitors home and abroad. Its winding rivers, arched stone bridges, wooden boats and well-preserved ancient buildings are all highlights of the town.

The main roads in Zhouzhuang are actually water lanes where boats are a common means of transportation. In front of every residence the water lane can be seen. The small docks enable residents to do their laundry. Tourist boats are available in Zhouzhuang. Visitors can take a man powered boat to go around the town. They can even take you to all the major scenic areas in the town. The most famous are the Twin Bridges, and which are considered symbol icof Zhouzhuang, while others include Fuan Bridge, Shen House, Zhang House, Milou Tower, Chengxu Taoist Temple and so on.

The Twin Bridges are composed of Shide Bridge and Yongan Bridge. They are considered the symbol of Zhouzhuang. They were built in the Ming Dynasty where the Shide Bridge is located at an east-west direction with a round arch. The Yongan Bridge is in a south-north direction and has a square arch. The Shen House near the Fuan Bridge was built in the mid 18th century as the private residence of a wealthy merchant named Shen Wanshan. He was the first millionaire of the south of Yangtze River in the early Ming Dynasty. It occupies an area of more than 2,000 square meters and consists of more than 100 rooms equipped with elegant furniture and connected rooms by arcades and aisles. More than 100 residential houses were built during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Many of them are beautifully decorated with fine furniture and even a garden with a water lane in it.

Besides visiting these scenic areas in Zhouzhuang you can treat yourself to delicious local food in the Shen Family Restaurant. You can enjoy local Zhouzhuang cuisine Zhouzhuang there.