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Zhujiajiao Water Town Half Day Tour From Shanghai - The Secret Hidden Under the Modern City

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Zhujiajiao Water Town Half Day Tour From Shanghai - The Secret Hidden Under the Modern City
  • Zhujiajiao Water Town Half Day Tour From Shanghai - The Secret Hidden Under the Modern City
  • Zhujiajiao Water Town Half Day Tour From Shanghai - The Secret Hidden Under the Modern City
  • Zhujiajiao Water Town Half Day Tour From Shanghai - The Secret Hidden Under the Modern City
  • Zhujiajiao Water Town Half Day Tour From Shanghai - The Secret Hidden Under the Modern City
  • Zhujiajiao Water Town Half Day Tour From Shanghai - The Secret Hidden Under the Modern City

Tour Style:
Nestled amidst the tranquil waterways and boasting the poetic moniker "Pearl Stream," Zhujiajiao, with a history spanning over 1,700 years, stands as the most impeccably preserved among Shanghai's four ancient water towns. Embark on a captivating half-day tour led by your knowledgeable local guide, as you venture into the heart of this enchanting town. Discover the charm of ancient bridges gracefully spanning lively streams, wander along tree-lined canals, and marvel at courtyard-style houses that narrate tales of a bygone era. Escape the bustling pace of the modern metropolis, surrender to the allure of Zhujiajiao, and relish the leisure, antiquity, and tranquility that define this quaint town.

Duration: 4-5 hours

Zhujiajiao Water Town

Pick-up point:
Your hotel in Shanghai (based on your requirement)

Finishing point:
Your hotel in Shanghai (based on your requirement)

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Discover the allure of Zhujiajiao, a charming water town located just a short distance from the bustling urban landscape of Shanghai. Contrasting sharply with the modernity of Shanghai city, Zhujiajiao exudes a traditional atmosphere enriched with a deep cultural heritage and simple folk customs.

With a history dating back five thousand years to the Liangzhu period, Zhujiajiao has been a hub of human activity for millennia. Over 1700 years ago, during the Three Kingdoms period, village fairs added to its cultural tapestry. By the Ming Dynasty, Zhujiajiao had transformed into a thriving market town, teeming with thousands of merchants and adorned with the vibrant spectacle of fireworks. Today, Zhujiajiao stands as a living testament to its historical journey, offering visitors a glimpse into its rich past and the enduring charm of a quintessential Chinese water town.

Tour Itinerary

  • Place&Transport: Shanghai - Zhujiajiao Water Town
  • Today's Activities: Kezhi Garden, Fangsheng Bridge, Boat cruise (Optional), Deep Lanes and Quiet Alleys, North Street
  • Accommodation: N/A
  • Meal: N/A

Your Zhujiajiao adventure begins with a convenient pick-up from your hotel in Shanghai with a welcome sign" Your Way Holiday". Our expert guide, fluent in English and well-versed in Zhujiajiao's history, will provide an overview of the day's itinerary for a seamless start to your exploration.

Your Way Holiday In Shanghai

Arrival at Zhujiajiao - Fangsheng Bridge: Upon arriving in Zhujiajiao, your first stop is the iconic Fangsheng Bridge. This ancient stone bridge not only showcases unique architecture but also holds cultural significance. Your guide will share stories about its history, purpose, and its role in Zhujiajiao's evolution.


Stroll through North Street: Embark on a leisurely stroll along North Street, the bustling main street of Zhujiajiao. Our guide will point out traditional shops, teahouses, and vibrant markets. Learn about the daily life of locals, historical anecdotes, and hidden gems along the way.

Visit Xi's Hall: Explore the historical Xi's Hall, a traditional Chinese residence reflecting well-preserved architecture and cultural artifacts. Your guide will delve into the history of the Xi family, their contributions to Zhujiajiao, and the significance of their residence. Marvel at the intricacies of traditional Chinese architecture and gain insights into the family's historical legacy.

Lunch at Local Eatery: Indulge in a delightful lunch at a local eatery, immersing yourself in the authentic flavors of Zhujiajiao. Your guide, knowledgeable about regional cuisine, will assist you in navigating the menu, ensuring a satisfying culinary experience. Savor local delicacies, such as freshly caught river fish and specialties unique to Zhujiajiao.

Navigate Deep Lanes and Quiet Alleys: Step off the beaten path and explore the enchanting Deep Lanes and Quiet Alleys. Follow your guide through narrow passages, discovering hidden courtyards and traditional residences. Gain insights into Zhujiajiao's unique charm and the tranquil ambiance of its ancient lanes. Learn about the historical significance of each alley and its role in shaping the town's character.

Hand-rowed Boat Experience: (Optional) Embark on a scenic boat ride along Zhujiajiao's waterways, marveling at ancient bridges and waterside homes. Your guide will share stories of the significance of water transportation in Zhujiajiao's history, providing a deeper connection to the town's heritage. Enjoy the picturesque views and understand the importance of the water channels in shaping Zhujiajiao's identity.


Discover Kezhi Garden: Conclude your day by exploring the beauty of Kezhi Garden. Wander through the intricately designed garden, adorned with traditional elements. Your guide will share insights into the garden's symbolism and its role in Chinese horticulture. Understand the design principles, cultural references, and the harmony between architecture and nature within Kezhi Garden.


Free Time and Shopping: Enjoy some free time for shopping and exploration. Discover local crafts, souvenirs, and immerse yourself in the town's vibrant culture. Your guide can provide recommendations for unique, locally-made items to take home as memorable souvenirs.

Return to Shanghai: As the day concludes, our guide will ensure your safe return to your hotel in Shanghai. Throughout the tour, your guide's expertise, anecdotes, and personalized service will enhance your Zhujiajiao experience, leaving you with cherished memories of this ancient water town.

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Price Per Person in US Dollars

Price Includes

1. All transfer and city transportation
2. Air-conditioned car or van
3. Hotels specified in the itinerary, all based
    on two persons sharingone standard room;
4. Meals specified in the itinerary: Western
    breakfast in hotels Chinese lunch and
    dinner in local restaurants
5. Sightseeing: All arrangements mentioned
    in the itinerary will be covered All first
    admission/entrance fees in the itinerary
6. Tour guide: Conducted by a professional
    tour guide

Price Excludes

1. International air-tickets
2. Airport departure tax.
3. International or domestic air tickets which
    are not listed in the itinerary.
4. Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness
    or damages incurred during your trip
5. Tips to the tour guide and driver
6. Meals not specified in the itinerary.
7. Personal expenses: phone bills, laundry,
    optional tours, postage, excess baggage
    charge, entertainment fees out of the
8. Single Room Supplement.

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Gina Benson
Reviewed on 23 November 2020

Lisa guided me and two of my friends on a tour of Zhujiajiao Water Town during the epidemic (Shanghai is under contol and open for tourism), with a couple of additional stop in the French Concession area on our way back to the hotel. Lisa is simply an amazing tour guide. She is incredibly knowledgeable of Chinese history, and we learned so much - particularly about Shanghai - during the course of our trip to and from Zhujiajiao. Her English is perfect, which is a huge bonus for those of us who don't speak a word of Mandarin. She provided us with one of our very best travel experiences, and I can't recommend Lisa highly enough. Thanks for Sam's China Private Tours in Shanghai taking care of us during the tour during the epidemic.

Reviewed on 18 June 2020

Highly recommend visiting Zhujiajiao if you want to see how the Chinese people lived in the past. My friend and I had a wonderful time on our trip to Zhujiajiao From Shanghai. We thought your service was the perfect way to get an introduction to this beautiful water town. It was nice to leave all the details to the trip and to be able to relax and enjoy the trip. We thought the journey was an excellent value.

Our guide, Tom, was polite, helpful, and very knowledgeable. Tom was able to provide the background on everything we were seeing - e.g., the fung shui elements in the gardens, the traditional tea service for business meetings, how the Chinese postal system worked in its early years, etc. His knowledge really helped enrich our visit.

The door-to-door service was so convenient and Tom was prepared with all the admittance tickets that we needed to enter Zhujiajiao, visit the gardens, go on a boat ride, etc. He also recommended good spots to grab a bite (and places to avoid). It would have taken us much more time to arrange everything ourselves.

We have already recommended your tour to several of our friends. Our compliments on a well-run service!

George & Shirley Bekey
Reviewed on 05 June 2020

Most tours have pick up in downtown Shanghai. For a nominal extra, we were picked up at the Cruise Terminal which is 17 miles out of town. Autumn, our guide, met us at the ship terminal and provided a wonderful excursion for us. Her English was very good and he was knowledgeable and enthused as she explained local customs and information about the sites we visited. She took us to a local eatery for lunch and the food was excellent. This tour can be highly recommended.

Ms. Gigliola Oldani
Reviewed on 19 May 2020

Autumn and her driver made sure that we were able to visit every place we wanted and also included a change in the original plan at our request. We were dropped off and picked up at each destination so it made everything so easy. Autumn was charming and gave so much information throughout the entire tour. Tickets were included in the tour which enabled us to avoid queues and also we were taken for lunch with Autumn where we had the best traditional meal of our entire trip. We would definitely recommend this tour, Autumn and her driver were organised and friendly, nothing was too much trouble. We felt we fulfilled many sights that we would not have been able to achieve without them! Well worth the money!

Helena Afonso
Reviewed on 15 May 2020

Very perfect organization on our tour! We had an amazing time in Zhujiajiao with our guide, Autumn. She was very informative and punctual. She asked a lot of questions about what we liked about tailored the tour to us. We included lunch when we purchased and lunch was delicious with local dishes that Autumn ordered for us. The boat ride was neat and such a great city to walk around. Weather was rainy, which was probably also a deterrent. Overall an amazing trip.

Reviewed on 21 January 2020

I want to write here to share my recent experience with Shanghai Private Tour. It was a very smooth and wonderful trip from beginning to the end. More specifically I would like to high praise to my tour guide Autumn. I was picked up from my hotel, and the guide show me aroung Zhujiajiao water town in a friend's way to tell me lots of local lifestyle, facts and culture. I also had special dietary needs and she made sure that I had a delicious lunch. What a lovely person. You could not be in better hands.
I highly recommend you to join this day tour and check out the tranquil beauty of Shangai in one day!

Joelyne p
Reviewed on 16 December 2019

Our guide David was excellent and really made the tour a very positive experience. He is very informative and knows the town inside and out.
Zhoujiajiao is a must see in Shanghai! The atmosphere is peaceful compared to the big city and the local food is delicious! The shopping is great and the prices are lower than you will find in the downtown.

Ron Hosking
Reviewed on 16 December 2019

Fantastic tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town with our very friendly and knowledgeable guide Tom. Tom was just awesome. He is a gentleman. He is intelligent and very informative. He added to my general knowledge. We really got a feel of how life in Shanghai was in the past Very efficient and well organised tour.

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