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Mosted Asked Questions about Qibao Ancient Town

Is Qibao Water Town nice? Should I plan my Shanghai tour including Qibao?

It's worth visiting. It feels like there are lots of snacks in the ancient town of Meijing in the south of the Yangtze River. Eating snacks and drizzling. The weather in September is really good. It's romantic to take your partner with you. Transportation is also particularly convenient.

What is the best way from Shanghai downtown to Qibao water town

You can take metro or bus from Shanghai downtown on your own. Take Metro line 9 from downtown and get off at Qibao Station. It only few minutes walking from metro station to the old town; there are many buses from downtown to Qibao as well. If you want to travel easy, you can take taxi or book transfer service.

When is Qibao Water Town open? How much is the entrance fee?

Qibao Water Town opens all day long but the small attractions and indoor exhibitions are open from 9:00 to 18:00. It’s free for you to enter the town, but you need to pay for the attractions inside. A combo ticket costs CNY 30 and a separate ticket for each attraction costs CNY 5 to 10. You can buy it on spot.

How long should I stay in Qibao water town area?

We suggest you spend half day at Qibao Water Town will be enough since the town is quiet small. Covering an area of 47 square kilometers (11,614 acres), it is a little fan-shaped town. Here noted as Shanghai's Venice, glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains.

What’s the Qibao Water Town famous for?

Qibao Ancient Water Town is not only famous for its charming scenery and ancient architectures but also famous for its variety of delicious local food. There are food stalls which sell typical local food along the south of the old street. Actually, it is the food street that Qibao ancient water town is famous for.

Do you have Shanghai tour with Qibao Water Town?

Yes, we have some Shanghai tour packages including Qibao Water Town. Such as Shanghai city highlights with Qibao Town; Full day exploration at Qibao Water Town… We can also make a customized Qibao Tour which arrange the tour to Qibao Water Town based on your requirement.

When is the best time to visit Qibao in Shanghai?

The scenery in Qibao is suitable for a visit all year round. The town is quite small and can easily be explored by foot. But still, always avoid Chinese public holidays, such as National Day or Labor Day.

Is the credit card available in Qibao Water Town? Or should bring some cash?

Most of shops are not accept the credit card here in Qibao. You’d better bring some cash along with you in China, especially some small towns. Nowadays, people in China use more mobile payment that cash, you will find all the shops here with QR Code for the customer to scan and pay directly.

Is Qibao Water Town similar to Zhujiajiao? Which one is better?

Zhujiajiao and Qibao are both water towns and with similar scenery. Zhujiajiao is bigger than Qibao, but Qibao is the only water town located in greater Shanghai with a history as long as one thousand years. The town is much more than just a living fossil of the Chinese Water conurbation or the result of modern urban planning. If you are a foodie, you can taste a range of traditional snacks here.

Will Qibao water town be busy during weekend? How can I avoid the crowd?

Yes, it will be busier during the weekend or holidays than work days since it’s free open for tourists, many locals stay nearby. We suggest you visit in the morning, take a chance to visit here during the work days. If you take a tour, our guide will use his/her way to avoid the crowds.

How about the museums in Qibao Water Town? Are they worth to vsit?

Qibao is free to visit, but you need to pay for the museums or small attractions inside if you want to visit. There are 8 museums inside, you can buy the combo tickets 30RMB in total or choose some to visit which is 5RMB for each spot. Generally, the museums are very small, it’s cool to say you’ve been to the Cricket Museum (featuring some calligraphy about cricket fights and a table display with real crickets in real formaldehyde), and there are some interesting items in the memorial hall for Qibao’s famous sculptor, Zhang Chongren and some fascinating  miniatures in the Miniatures Museum.

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