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Introdution of Zhujiajiao Water Town
Zhujiajiao, established around 1,700 years ago, lies to the south of the Yangtze River and was created as a typical ancient water town. The ancient site is easy of access located as it is only one hour by bus to the west of downtown Shanghai.Endowed with another elegant name - 'Pearl Stream' - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyards attached all transport people who have been living amidst the bustle and hustle of the modern big city to a brand-new world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquillity.

History of Zhujiajiao Water Town
Zhujiajiao Has Long History, Zhujiajiao has formed village 1700 years ago, and has become town in Wanli Period of Ming Dynasty. So far there are the ancients and tools people used 5000 years ago found in Zhujiajiao. 36 stone bridges and numerous rivers line Zhujiajiao, and many ancient buildings still line the riverbanks today.

The Feature Of Zhujiajiao Water Town
It is crisscrossed by rivers and canals, with 9 long streets running along the rivers and thousand of buildings of Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture flanking both sides.There are 36 ancient stone bridges, among these there`s a first 5stone-arched brige in shanghai called "Fangsheng Brige" or "Setting-free Bridge". There are prosperous long streets and zigzagging lanes. 

The ancient streets paved with stone slabs, deep and quiet alleyways, arched stone bridges, little creaking boats all express the beauty of water in the ancient town of Zhujiajiao The antiquity of the bridges, the rareness of the streets and the seclusion of the alleyways all present you a scene of "boats sailing on the water and people touring in painting".

Zhujiajiao Water Town Cuisine
The traditional special native produce are rose-flavored fermented bean curd, fried gluten, dark-rice, meat wrapped in leaves, roast soybeans, roast soy beans, and pork meat zongzi. 

          Rose-flavored fermented bean curd                                           Fried gluten

                              Dark-rice                                                          Pork meat zongzi

Travel Tips:

 Admission fee: 
1. CNY 80 for cruise boat and nine scenic spots (including Tongtianhe Medicine Shop, Qing Dynasty Post Office, City God Temple, Yanyi Hall, Shanghai Handwork Exhibition Hall, Imperial Academy Stele Museum, Shanghai Quanhua Art Hall, Yuanjin Meditation Room and Kezhi Garden)

2. CNY 60 for eight scenic spots (including Tongtianhe Medicine Shop, Qing Dynasty Post Office, Yanyi Hall, City God Temple, Yuanjin Meditation Room, Shanghai Handwork Exhibition Hall, Shanghai Quanhua Art Hall and Kezhi Garden)

3. CNY 30 for four scenic spots (including Tongtianhe Medicine Shop, Qing Dynasty Post Office, Yuanjin Meditation Room and Kezhi Garden) 

Note: The prices are for reference only. The tour guide service is provided by our shanghaiprivatetour.

1. Take tourism bus at Shanghai Stadium (Gate 5) or Hongkou Soccer Stadium to Zhujiajiao in the morning.

2. Take Huzhu (Shanghai-Zhujiajiao) Special Line at Laochengdu Road Yan'an Road and get off at Zhujiajiao Station. The bus runs between 7:00 and 17:45 to Zhujiajiao every 10 minutes, and returns from 5:50 to 17:15.

3. Take Huzhu Express Line at People's Square Pu'an Road Jinling Road and arrive in Zhujiajiao one hour later. There is a bus every half an hour.

4. Take Shangzhu Line at Shanghai South Railway Station or Shangtai Line at North Caixi Road Bus Terminus to Qingpu Bus Station first. Then there is a bus every 10 minutes to Zhujiajiao.

Mosted Asked Questions about Zhujiajiao Water Town Water Town

1. Is the Zhujiajiao Water Town worth visiting?

It is one of the most popular and closest water towns near Shanghai. Zhujiajiao Water Town is about 50 km away from Shanghai downtown. If your time is limited, it would be the best option to get a feel of such ancient towns. Similar to Venice in Italy, there are many well preserved bridges and boat ride is available.

2. What to do in Zhujiajiao Water Town?

Zhujiajiao is one of six famous water towns nearest to Shanghai. If you plan to go to Zhujiajiao  on your own or book a Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour, you can walk along the North Street to visit the best preserved ancient street and some ancient building. Then, pay a visit to the Post Office which date back to Qing Dynasty and standing on the Fengsheng Bridge to take some good photos of Water Town. Have a small gondola crusie in the town, and are a nice way to get a view of the town from the water. 

3. How to get to Zhujiajiao Water Town from Shanghai

①Travelers can take Shanghai-Zhujiajiao Special Line Bus from Shanghai West Bus Station to get to Zhujiajiao Water Town.
②Take Shangzhu Line at Shanghai South Railway Station to Qingpu Bus Station first. Then there is a bus every 10 minutes to Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.
③If you want the most comfortable way, you can choose to let your hotel or travel agency rent a car for you.

4. What can I see in Zhujiajiao Water Town?

1). North Street: About a kilometer long, Bei Dajie (North Street) is the main thoroughfare in old Zhujiajiao. Along the street lines with many old buildings, many of which has a history of hundred years. It feels leisure for a nice stroll.
2). Shanghai Handicraft Exhibition Hall: Integrated with the classical masters of craftsmen from all districts of Shanghai, Zhujiajiao is also the flagshop of all artistic shops on the North Street.
3). Kezhi Gardens: Built in 1912, the owner (Ma Wenqing) spent 300,000 taels of silver (equivalent to 12000 kg of silver) and 15 years in building the garden. The architecture in the garden is a combination of the Chinese traditional and the Western styles, rarely found in the country. It consists of three parts - the main hall, the garden and an artificial hill area. The most iconic landmark of the garden is a five story building with a pavilion on its roof, which is the tallest building in old Zhujiajiao.
4).Yuan Jin Buddhist Temple: Originally built in 1341, it is a Buddhist monastery with three main buildings and separate living quarters.
5). Qing Dynasty Post Office: It said to be the best preserved Qing post office in China, and among its exhibits you'll find antique post cards of old Shanghai and letters written on bamboo.

5. Do you have any suggestion for a private guide for a day tour from Shanghai? Do you require a deposit? Do you take credit card?

If you want a private tour from Shanghai to Zhujiajiao, you can book the tour with us by email. For the confirmation of the tour, we require 20% of the total payment and the balance you can pay our guide in cash on the day.

6. How far is it from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA) to Zhujiajiao?

The distance between Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA) and Zhujiajiao is 29 km. The road distance is 36.6 km.

7. How to get to Zhujiajiao water town from People’s Park?

Zhujiajiao water town is 45km away from Shanghai People's Square. You can take Shanghai-Zhujiajiao Express Line Bus at the west of the Concert Hall in Pu'an Road and Yan'an East Road near People's Square. It takes about 1 hour to get to Zhujiajiao ancient town. After getting off the bus, it is Zhujiajiao Zhuxi Garden. 

8. Is it possible to do a half day tour from Shanghai to Zhujiajiao at 1pm or 2pm?

Zhujiajiao water town is open all day, but the scenic spots in the ancient town will be closed at 17:00pm. You will have limited time to visit those scenic spots, but you can enjoy the night view and have dinner there, which is also a great experience.

9. I have a 15hr stopover in Shanghai Pudong Airport in the early morning. Do you think it's possible to have a tour to Zhujiajiao water town and back without rushing?

You have plenty of time, because it normally takes around 4 hours to visit Zhujiajiao water town. If you need one day tour service, we can help you plan a private tour according to your needs, this tour will include private transfer, entrance fee, professional English guide and professional driver.

10. Can I enquire if you have a half day Zhujiajiao trip on 4th Apr. afternoon and send us to People's Square or somewhere central after the tour?

Yes, the Zhujiajiao half day tour with afternoon departure can be arranged. And the drop off location is based on Shanghai downtown area. Your guide can drop you off at People’s Square.

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