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A brief introduction of Nanxun
Nanxun District is a district in the prefecture-level city of Huzhou, Zhejiang province, China, located in the center of the Yangtze River Delta. It covers a total area of 702 square kilometers. About 100 km away from Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou. Nanxun is known for land of plenty, silk of the House, the state of culture legendary. The beauty of water town lies in not only its natural scenery but also its rich culture. Nanxun is the best-preserved among the ancient towns in Jiangnan. Due to the production of silk, Nanxun was once the richest water village, which continues there to this day. Mulberry trees used for silk production can be seen everywhere in Nanxun. The famous scenic spots in Nanxun include the little Lotus Garden (Xiao Lian Zhuang), library hall, Jiaye the mansion of 100 rooms, and the former residence of Zhang Shiming, etc.

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History of Nanxun
Nanxun is the ancient water town of Jiangnan with long history, the town has been built for 750 years. It was called Xunxi in the ninth century, Nanxun was founded in the 13th century. During the Qing Dynasty, Many wealth merchants gathered here and settled down in the bustling town. Moreover, Nanxun is also the hometown of many scholars. Nanxun has become an important products distribution center for agricultural products and other products because of its convenient waterways. People living in Nanxun have created a unique way of life and culture, so far, the people of Nanxun are still living in their old houses, keeping the traditional customs, has not been affected by the modern way of life

What to see

Nanxun Attractions

Little Lotus Villa (Xiaolian Garden)
Little lotus Garden, also known as the "Liu Yuan" was built as a private property belonging to Liu Yong, a wealthy merchant and government official in the late Qing Dynasty. According to terrain factors, the garden divided into two parks. The outer garden, with its nearly 10 acres of lotus pools, is especially colorful in the summer when the lotus flowers are in bloom. The inner garden is famous for its beautiful buildings and decoration, its walls are decorated with paintings, calligraphy and other historic items. It is really a place worthy of a visit, with its pavilions, stone arches, rocks, bamboo and water. 

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Jiaye Tang Library (The Jiaye Library)
The Jiaye Library was built as a private library in 1920 adjacent to the Little Lotus Garden belonging to Liu Chenggan (grandson of Liu Yong), the library has a collection of more than 600,000 historic books and rare documents, the library involves a wide range of areas of collection books. After the liberation, the original house owner donated to the Zhejiang library, now, it's a public library and a tourist attraction. 

The Former Residence of Zhang Shiming
Zhang Shiming old house is located in the east of Xiao Lian Zhuang, covers an area of 6500 square meters and construction area of 7000 square meters. It was built in 1905 by businessman Zhang Shiming(a rich man in town). It is the biggest private house with Chinese and western architectural style featuring numerous chambers (salons, halls, studies, and bedrooms) and intricate wood details, glass brought in from France, stone carvings and more, all these make it worth visiting.

The Mansion of One Hundred Rooms (One-Hundred Residential Houses)
The Mansion of One Hundred Rooms, the name comes from the 100 or so houses that wind along both sides of the Baijianlou He (One Hundred Rooms River). it is constructed in the Ming Dynasty with the history of 400 years which built by Dong Fen(the Minister of Rites of the Ming Dynasty). One-Hundred Residential Houses is the best preserved traditional building group in southern China, with a total length of 400 meters (1,300 feet), these buildings connected by archways, some bridges were constructed to link the buildings on the two banks of the river.

What to eat

Nanxun not only has a lot of historical and cultural sites, the food here is also very attractive. Local cuisine include fresh fish, Taihu crab and shrimp etc. Local snacks include gelatinous candy like juhong gao and gusao bing. There are many local restaurants and teahouses along Nanxi Jie, Nandong Jie, and Dong Dajie where you can take a break.

Transportation
There are coach shuttles from Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou and other places to this ancient town.

From Shanghai to Nanxun
At Shanghai Long-distance Bus Station, direct buses to Nanxun sets off from 6:15 a.m.--7:20 p.m. CNY 50/ per person.

From Hangzhou to Nanxun
At Hangzhou North Bus Station, direct buses to Nanxun sets off from 7:20 a.m.--5:50 p.m. CNY 45/ per person.

From Suzhou to Nanxun
At Suzhou Long-distance Bus Station, direct buses to Nanxun sets off from 7:00 a.m.--6:10 p.m. CNY 25/ per person.

Information
Opening Time: 8:00-17:00
Admission Fee: CNY 100 / person including the fee of nine attractions, the Boat Ride charge CNY 100 per 15 minutes.

Mosted Asked Questions about Nanxun Water Town

1. What is the best way to Nanxun from Shanghai?

If you are planning a tour to Nanxun from Shanghai, you are highly recommended to book a private transfer service, it is the most convenient way since there is no direct train from Shanghai to Nanxun. Nanxun is a small town which located in the eastern of Huizhou city, you will reach at Huzhou station if you take train from Shanghai and still need take taxi or shuttle bus to Nanxun. There are direct buses from Shanghai to Nanxun daily.

2. What to visit in the Nanxun Water Town?

Nanxun is one of the most famous water towns around Shanghai with a long history. It’s regarded as “Richest Water Town”. A large number of ancient houses, gardens and other ancient buildings are well preserved, such as the famous garden – Little Lotus Garden, the famous private library – Jia Ye Tang, the One-Hundred Residential Houses of the Ming Dynasty, the famous Yangtze River Mansion – Zhang Shiming’s Former Residence, etc. Bridges running over rippling rivers, white walls and dancing green willows form an authentic landscape.

3. Can you arrange the private transfer from Shanghai to Nanxun?

Yes, we can arrange the transfer from Shanghai to Nanxun. Enjoy door-to-door service in a comfortable private vehicle operated by a courteous friendly driver from your centrally located hotel in Shanghai to Nanxun.

4. I’m planning my weekend tour to Nanxun from Shanghai? Is worth to spend the nighttime at Nanxun?

A tour to Nanxun from Shanghai is highly recommended. Peaceful Nanxun offers the perfect respite from the crowds of Nanxun. It is a town not that commercial. Visitors can enjoy the sight of locals relaxing by the canals and going about their daily business just as they have been for hundreds of years.

5. Do you provide Nanxun day tour from Shanghai? What is the estimate cost for it?

Yes, we can arrange the Nanxun water town day tour from Shanghai including Shanghai hotel pickup & drop off service, professional tour guide and entrance tickets. The price for the tour is depends on how many people in your group, more people sharing the tour, you will get a cheaper price. Feel free to contact us and let us know more details.

6. When is the best time to visit Nanuxn?

The best time to visit Nanxun is from March to May when the weather is comfortable and the spring scenery is beautiful. Fall is also a good season to travel Nanxun for the cool weather and clean sky. Winter is quite cold (above freezing) in Nanxun and dry. You can enjoy a less-crowded time there.

7. Do you provide Shanghai group tour to Nanxun?

We don’t have the group tour to Nanxun water town at the moment since there are less tourists here compare to others water towns. Our guests prefer to book a private tour with us to visit this town which is more flexible and relax.

8. Where to stay in Nanxun? Is there some good places to stay?

There are many options for accommodation in Nanxun, from the inn to the five-star hotel. There are many modern hotels outside the scenic spot. There are many inns and family hotels in the scenic area.

9. How about the transportation in Nanxun? Will be convenient to go around the town on our own?

Nanxun Town’s public transportation and taxis are very inconvenient. The main local transportation is tricycles and motorcycles. There are fewer taxis in Nanxun, starting at 5 yuan, 2 yuan per kilometer. The tricycle is one of the main modes of transportation in Nanxun. The price needs to be negotiated with the tricycle driver.

10. Should I book the hotel beforehand or it’s better to book once I reach there?

We highly recommend make a reservation in advance in case the room sold out, especially during the weekends and holidays. Sometimes, the hotel rate is cheaper if you book online.

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