Brief Introduction of Nanxun Water Town
Nanxun is one of the most beautiful water towns around Shanghai, is very similar to Zhouzhuang, Tongli, but much less commercial. It is located in Huzhou city which convenient for travelling from nearby cities, it takes 1 hour from Hangzhou and Suzhou, 1.5-2 hours from Shanghai. It has the most distinctive and definitive scenic spots in south China, with a large number of well-preserved ancient houses, gardens and picturesque water town scenery. It has been listed as one of the Top Ten Most Charming Towns in China and one of the Historic Towns of China. It is one of the newly-development national 5A tourist sites. It is an ancient town with abundant human resources and a combination of Chinese and Western architecture.
Top Things to Visit in Nanxun Water Town
Little Lotus Garden or Xiao Lian Zhuang
It is a typical classical Chinese garden in Nanxun, the Small Lotus Garden has pavilions, stone gateways, rockeries, and bamboo forests. Old camphor trees line the paths on the west of the garden, adding a unique touch to this garden. The garden is divided into 2 parts, the Outer Garden & the Inner Garden. The Lotus Pond is one of the highlights of this garden and attracts many tourist come here to visit.
Jia Ye Tang Library
It is one of the three most important private libraries in Zhejiang province, with the largest scale and the richest collection containing 600,000 rolls of books, a total of 160,000 volumes. Jia Ye Tang Library is also a garden which features the typical style of private gardens in south China.
The Former Residence of Zhang Jingjiang
It is a typical traditional Chinese building complex, with tall walls and deep courtyards. Zhang Jingjiang was one of the founding members of the Chinese National Party who made great contribution to the Revolution of 1911.
Baijian Lou or Hundred Houses
As the famous landmark and structure in Nanxun Water Town, it is also one of the reason why the visitors come to visit the town. The Banjian Lou is refers to the best preserved traditional building group in southern China with over 400 years history, the houses were built by a minister, Dongbin. If you want to feel the authentic culture of Nanxun town and shoot some nice photos, you should definitely come to this place.
The Former Residence of Zhang Shiming
It was belong to the wealthy businessman Zhang Shiming, he was a person brought lots of western culture to Nanxun, the residence was built at the turn of the 20th Century and features numerous chambers, each with a different architectural style. Intricate wood details, glass brought in from France, stone carvings and more make it an exquisite place to visit.
Food in Nanxun Water Town
The food in Nanxun is mainly based on river fresh. The most distinctive features are Nanxun's unique embroidered broccoli and Nanxun incense kohlrabi. Nanxun's double topped noodles can also be regarded as a major feature of Nanxun pasta. Nanxun is rich in river fresh and bamboo shoots. It has a special flavor. Smoked Bean Tea in Nanxun also very famous, try a cup of tea at local tea house, eat some Dingsheng Cake or victory cake, orange cake, it will be a great way to relax yourself in Nanxun.
Best Time to Visit Nanxun Water Town
Nanxun Water Town is suitable for traveling all year around, but the best time is when the spring flowers bloom or the autumn wind blows away.
Spring (March-May), the water is warm and the sun is shining. The fresh green willow trees along the banks of the river are particularly charming.
Autumn (September-November), the cool breeze practice, walking on the slender stone road of the ancient town, feel the endless simplicity and warm beauty of the hundred buildings, let people indulge in it.
If you travel to Nanxun during Summer (June-August), it is the best time to enjoy the lotus in Xiaolianzhuang or Little Lotus Garden. You can feel the lively atmosphere of the Spring Festival in the ancient town during the winter.
Location: No.51 Renrui Road, Nanxun Town, Nanxun District, Huzhou City
Entrance Fee: CNY100 includes 9 attractions; Half price for child above 1.2m under 1.5m; Free for child under 1.2m & senior above 80 years old.
Opening Hours: 07:30qm-17:00pm(Mar-Oct.); 08:00am-16:00pm(Nov.-Feb.)
Time for visiting: One day
How to get to Nanxun Water Town
Shanghai to Nanxun
1) There are many buses to Nanxun from Shanghai Bus Terminal, Shanghai South Bus Station, Shanghai Hutai Road Coach Station, and Shanghai Coach Station North District Bus Station. The journey takes 1.5-2 hours from Shanghai to Nanxun Water Town and the fare is around CNY48. The direct bus is available from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, the journey takes about 1 hour and you can buy ticket at the airport directly.
2) Taking high-speed train from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Huzhou, then transfer to Huzhou public transportation to Nanxun. You can take bus No.101B from train station directly, it will cost CNY8.
3) If you are planning a Shanghai day tour to Nanxun, book a private transfer will be the most convenient option.
Hangzhou to Nanxun
1) There are many buses depart from Hangzhou, which run from 8:00 to 17:30 every day. The journey takes about 1.5 hours and the fare is 43 yuan. Once you arrive, you can take the local tricycle to Nanxun Water Town Scenic Area from Nanxun Bus Station.
2) Taking high-speed train from Hangzhou East Railway Station to Huzhou, then transfer to Huzhou public transportation to Nanxun. You can take bus No.101B from train station directly, it will cost CNY8.
3) As Hangzhou is close to Nanxun, which takes around 1 hour. It is also good to rent a private vehicle to visit Nanxun from Hangzhou.
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