"Wu Zheng water township" Suzhou Things to Do Tip by traveller0070
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There are six water towns, Zhouzhuang, Tongli, Luzhi, Nanxun, Wuzhen and Xitang, are located in the Jiangnan region of China, to the south of the Yangtze River. These towns are situated along the border of two provinces, thus occupying the far south of Jiangsu province and the far north of Zhejiang province.
The six towns are each surrounded by lakes and marshes and have streams and waterways branching through them. The layouts of the towns are similar, with a characteristic style of “houses amidst small bridges and murmuring brooks”. Buildings are situated alongside waterways and stone-paved roads are connected across watercourses with stone arch bridges. The streets parallel to waterways are commercial, with a width of between one and a half and three meters. The perpendicular streets are small lanes which connect neighborhoods. Buildings are arranged in rows and are usually two-stories high. Most are courtyard buildings and are typically constructed of brick and timber. The light coloured walls and dark roofs of the buildings lend the towns their distinctive ‘black and white’ motif.
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