"Zhouzhuang - How To Appreciate This Water Town?" Top 5 Page for this destination Zhouzhuang by victorwkf

Zhouzhuang Travel Guide: 93 reviews and 258 photos

To the West of Shanghai city, there are several beautiful and laid-back water towns with historical buildings dated back hundreds of years. The town of Zhouzhuang is perhaps and most well-known of all these towns.

Visiting Zhouzhuang is like going back in time, with its beautiful waterways, rustic buildings, boats, people etc. However, it has become commercialised due to tourism and some people felt that it is a tourist trap.

How to truely appreciate this water town of Zhouzhuang? Well, the answer lies in visiting it during the "off the beaten hours", i.e. early in the morning, at night where the tourists either have not arrived or are gone.

I will be posting such experiences of my stay at Zhouzhuang in September 2004 at this webpage soon, so do keep a lookout for the updates .....

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:This is a good getaway from Shanghai city
  • Cons:Very commercialise nowadays, especially during the tourist hours
  • In a nutshell:Just like the Venice of China, but with a different charm
  • Last visit to Zhouzhuang: Sep 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • storyin's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2008 at 4:55 AM

    nice tips~

  • juliewong's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2007 at 7:23 AM

    Would love to sip tea at one of the tea houses one day.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2007 at 7:55 AM

    Extensive excellent tips on Zhouzhuang. Bring back wonderful memories. I enjoyed the nice bridges and old houses but so many tourists along the narrow alleys.

  • cpim2004's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2005 at 4:00 AM

    I have been to Xitang last week, will update my page for it soon.

  • gauravkisan's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2005 at 2:50 PM

    I have gone through Zhou Zhuang page. They are very informative. I am visiting the place on 12 Feb 2005 and will write to you after the visit.


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