"Go to Zhouzhang - it is about..." Shanghai Off The Beaten Path Tip by Audrey118
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Go to Zhouzhang - it is about 100 km west of Shanghai. Zhouzhang, known widely as the 'Venice of China' and is said to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site (although I doubted it as I believe that only Lijiang in Yunnan is a Unesco Site). Zhouzhang is a quaint, old-style town, with no vehicles allowed in the center. You can however travel to the centre there on trishaws.
There are lots of bridges over the canals and you can venture along the stone walkway and look at the many souvenier shops. There are also lots of artists that would do a quick portrait sketch or some made dough models of yourself etc for a small fee. Or you could get a ride on a gondola. The pier is inside a stone cottage, with winding steel railings. The ride is quite interesting, and you go down the narrow canal, under arched bridges and past many teahouses, small hotels etc. But again, there is one too many of these gondolas along the very narrow canal.
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