A historical water town, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town in China is an enchanting place to explore and here are some insights on what to expect.
Planning a Visit
Located in the Qingpu District, this attraction is around 48 km from Shanghai; apart’hotel options at the intersection of Hongxin and Hongquan roads like Citadines Hongqiao Center Shanghai, make a convenient base for your travels. To get to Zhujiajiao, consider taking a taxi or making use of the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station (subway line 17) or buses at the Shanghai Tourist Centre.
What to Expect
With a history of around 1,700 years, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town offers a journey back in time where you can experience what a traditional Chinese water town is like. On your adventures, you will come across age-old bridges, charming courtyards, boats on the waterways, idyllic gardens and buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties on the riverbanks.
The picturesque Jiangnan-style Kezhi Garden has two sections and such structures as the Wangyue Tower is worth a visit as is the 16th-century Fangsheng Bridge, a popular attraction to photograph. Also, of interest are the Three Treasures in City God Temple with its Taoist architecture, the Yuanjin Buddhist Temple and the North Street home to ancient shops.
Of course, what better way to truly enjoy a water town than by taking a boat ride! Such escapades provide unique perspectives of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town during the day or evening; there are eight piers around the town and depending on the route, you will pass traditional buildings, well-known sites and landmarks like Fangsheng Bridge and Zhonglong Bridge.