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Zhujiajiao Water Town

Zhujiajiao Water Town

Zhujiajiao Waterside Town is located in the Qingpu District of Shanghai. It is a small ancient town on the outskirt of Shanghai with a history of 2000 years. Thousands of century old buildings are still erect on the river banks today and are homes to local residents. There are about 36 stone bridges and numerous rivers in Zhujiajiao. Each bridge has its own style.

The waterside town was prosperous due to its cotton clothing and rice businesses. Many historical buildings like rice shops, old banks, spice stores and a post office from the Qing Dynasty can be found here. There are many places of interest in Zhujiajiao Waterside Town, including the Fangsheng Bridge, Northern Street formed in the Ming Dynasty, Baoguo Buddhist Temple, Temple of Town God, Xi Family Hall, Kezhi Garden and Zhuxi Garden, among other highlights. Additionally, Zhujiajiao is famous for its “3 most’”: the most celebrities, the most Ming and Qing architectures, and the most teahouses.

The Fangsheng (free captive animals) Bridge is where visitors can buy fish or turtles and set them free after worshipping. The streets of Zhujiajiao remain untouched. The narrow streets are crowded with brick and wooden low buildings. Shops are lined next to each other.

Tourists can visit some of the houses to look inside. One will surely be impressed by the simple yet elegant furniture, exquisite carved-brick and window frames there. One may have the opportunity to visit  the former residence of a successful scholar in the imperial examinations. Every piece of brick and tile gives you a strong sense and cultural feel of the ancient town. It may feel like you are traveling back in time to the last century in this peaceful and happy town.

In recent years Zhujiajiao Waterside Town has drawn many famous directors of China and other parts of the world to shoot movies or TV shows. In total there have been about 60 films and TV shows that have been shot there making it known as the “Hollywood of Shanghai.”