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Zhouzhuang Water Town
Zhouzhuang Water Town

Zhouzhuang Water Town

No.5 Daqiao Road, Zhouzhuang Town, Zhouzhang, Eastern China

The Basics

The town of Zhouzhuang ranks among the most popular day-trip destinations from Shanghai. These tours typically include a Chinese-style gondola ride through the canals, a walk across the town’s famous Double Bridge, and visits to a few of the town’s historic residences. Many day trips also include a stop in nearby Suzhou to explore some of its UNESCO World Heritage–listed gardens and tour a silk-spinning factory. For those visiting independently, the town itself charges a modest admission fee, but this includes entrance to all attractions; organized boat rides cost extra.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Suzhou

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Excellent tour ! My tour guide for...
Kat, Jul 2017
Mini Group: One-Day Zhouzhuang and Jinxi Water Town Tour
Excellent tour ! My tour guide for the day was Ms.Allison and it turned out to be a private tour since I was the only traveler. The tour was very well designed. We covered Zhouzhuang water town in the 1st of the day and Jinxi water town in the 2nd Half. Allison was very knowledgeable and took me around the towns by providing me insights of Chinese history and culture. The gondola ride was enjoyable and I had a pleasant time.
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Zhouzhuang was very clean and...
Julie S, Jul 2016
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai
Zhouzhuang was very clean and beautiful. The boat tour was nice since this was my first time visiting a water village Wish to have more time visiting more gardens in Suzhou
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educational tour
bonniechavez2nd, Nov 2019
Mini Group: One-Day Zhouzhuang and Jinxi Water Town Tour
our tour guide is very knowledgeable. she knows what she is talking. she is also very nice to her guests.
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Good Overview
LG964, Oct 2019
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai
Our tour guide Tom was excellent. He understood that we had read up on the histories of Suzhou and he added to our knowledge. We enjoyed the Master of Nets Garden which is a UNESCO site, and the water village of Zhouzhuang, where 20,000 people live and sell their wares.
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Really beautiful and natural...
mariakosta92, Jan 2018
Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour from Shanghai
Really beautiful and natural environment. I remember every minute of this tour even it has been already pass more than a year.recommended 10000
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Awsome
Irene J, Jul 2019
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai
Even though it was raining we still enjoyed our trip to "little Venice" - Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Water Village. Also the silk factory was very interesting to see the silk worm to the finished product. Thank you Frank for an enjoyable day.
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Really great -- I just would have...
Susan L, Jun 2017
Zhouzhuang Water Village Tour from Shanghai
Really great -- I just would have liked to have had a bit more unstructured time in Zhouzhuang for tea or light shopping.
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Just beautiful!
Guide43123809564, Jul 2019
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai
I loved by Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day trip. This was a great way to get out of Shanghai city for a full day. Our Vehicle was very comfortable, Frank our guide was wonderful and our group was very small (and lovely!) My highlight was The water village, it was a really special place to visit and looked like it was out of a picture book! I would definitely recommend this tour to get you out of the big city and to experience some village life.
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Water Town in Shanghai
Go579670, Jun 2019
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai
Frank was our tour guide, and he did a great job explaining the history of the sights, yet the tour did not seemed rushed. The water town in Souzhou was magical from beginning to end. The Chinese Garden was enchanting and quaint. We had a memorable day!
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It was a great trip. Very...
Don J, Jan 2018
Mini Group: One-Day Zhouzhuang and Jinxi Water Town Tour
It was a great trip. Very interesting and my guide Summer was excellent. She was very knowledgeable and more than willing to share. Let her order lunch. What great choices. I would highly recommend for all. Pick up and drop off at hotel. Could not have been more simple. Wonderful day.
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I could have spent more time in...
Vizbulite S, Apr 2007
Suzhou and Zhouzhuang Water Village Day Trip from Shanghai
I could have spent more time in Zhouzhuang Water Village. Maybe we saw all that there was to see but it was an interesting place for just hanging out.
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Great tour. Summer our guide was...
toddkarberg, Jan 2018
Mini Group: One-Day Zhouzhuang and Jinxi Water Town Tour
Great tour. Summer our guide was really knowledgeable and customized the tour on what we wanted to do/see. Would definitely recommend this tour!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A visit to Zhouzhuang Water Town is a must for couples, history buffs, and photographers.

  • Most day trips to Zhouzhuang include hotel pickup and drop-off.

  • Guided tours to Zhouzhuang from Shanghai can last anywhere from six to 10 hours, depending on the option chosen.

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How to Get There

Zhouzhuang ancient town is located about 90 minutes by car from the urban sprawl of Shanghai and not far from Suzhou. The easiest way to get there is by joining a guided tour, but it’s also possible to catch a bus from any of Shanghai’s long-distance bus stations.

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When to Get There

While the water town itself is always open, its scenic spots and attractions are typically open from 8am to 4:30pm. Plan to arrive early, stay late, or spend the night to take in the atmosphere without the crowds of day-trippers. Avoid visiting on Chinese public holidays or summer weekends.

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Wansan’s Pig Shank

If you have time for lunch in Zhouzhuang Water Town, consider sampling the local specialty, Wansan’s pig shank (also called Wansan’s elbow or Wansan’s hoof). A Ming dynasty dish commonly served while entertaining guests, Wansan’s pig shank is made by braising a pork hock for several hours.

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