Water Town Around Shanghai
Jiangnan, as the name implies, means the south of the Yangtze River. In the concept of human geography, it refers to the south of the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. As the Chinese say, "water town" generally refers to "Jiangnan Water Town".
Jiangnan in China refers to Zhejiang, Shanghai, Anhui, Jiangxi and the area south of the Yangtze River in Jiangsu. The main cities include Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shaoxing, Suzhou, Yangzhou, Wuxi, etc. Because of the warm environment, rivers and lakes, Jiangnan has always been the richest land of fish and rice in China, forming a charm different from the "Jiangnan Water Town" in the north, which is reflected in life, culture, architecture, property and other aspects.
The water town around Shanghai, such as the Zhujiajiao Water Town, Zhouzhuang Water Town...are famous for their ancient buildings, bridges, canals, and ways of life that have not changed in centuries. They are idyllic destinations to unwind from the hustle and bustle of China's cities and can offer visitors glimpses into China's ancient past. Travel with us, you will have chance to visit the top water towns of China nearby Shanghai.
There are two main reasons for visiting a Shanghai water town. First, life in these water towns seems to have stood still and visitors can still see the unique traditional folk cultures of Southeastern China. Second, water town can help you to understand more about China in the past, the most plain but true way of life of Chinese people...
Attractions(Cities)：Zhujiajiao Water Town
Tour Style：Endowed with an elegant name "Pearl Stream", the Zhujiajiao water town of more than 1,700 years, is the best preserved one among the four ancient water towns in Shanghai. Accompanied by your local tour guide, explore the unique ancient bridges across bubbling streams, small river shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyard. Stay away the bustle and hustle of the modern big city, immerse yourself into this little town get enjoy the leisure, antiquity and tranquility.
Attractions(Cities)：Zhouzhuang Water Town: Twin Bridges, Old Drama Stage, Zhang House and Shen House, etc
Tour Style：Zhouzhuang water village is one of the most famous water townships in China. This private guided tour from Shanghai to Zhouzhuang will help you escape the bustle and mustle of life in Shanghai and see how old lifestyle has mantianed in this tranquil area. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, stoll amid the botanical beauty of Zhouzhuang's gardens, appreciated the well-presered ancient residential houses and enjoy the elegant watery views.
Attractions(Cities)：Tongli Water Town: Residential House, Retreat and Reflection Garden (Tuisi Garden), etc.
Tour Style：Are you looking for Shanghai side trips? Tongli Water Town Day Tour from Shanghai is what we highly recommend. Tongli Water Town features its rivers, ancient streets and gardens are intergrated perfectly as one, earning it the name of "the Oriental Venice" due to its unique scenery. This private door-to-door service tour will take you explore the best of Tongli including alluring gardens, Chongben Halls, Jiayin Halls, Arched Bridges and much more. Experienced guide, professional driver, Shanghai round way transfer, entrance fees are all included.
Attractions(Cities)：Xitang Water Town
Tour Style：Put language and transport worries aside on this private tour to enjoy the door-to-door service in a comfortable private vehicle by a courteous driver from your lovely Shanghai hotel to Xitang Water Town. This tour including the visit to the cobbled streets, old buildings, bridges arching over canals, rowing boats lingering on the river, and enjoy the locals singing folk songs, you'll truly understand the charm of Xitang ancient water town.
Attractions(Cities)：Nanxun Water Town
Tour Style：If you're longing for the magic of ancient China, take a trip to Nanxun water town back in time from Shanghai on this private one day tour. Nanxun water town not only features its natural scenery, also its rich culture. Walk around Nanxun with your private tour guide to see the traditional old houses of ancient China and learn the local customs, which has not been affected by the modern way of life. The famous scenic spots in Nanxun include the little Lotus Garden (Xiao Lian Zhuang), Baijian Lou, and the former residence of Zhang Shiming, etc.
Attractions(Cities)：Wuzhen Ancient Water Town
Tour Style：Take a 1 day tour from Shanghai to the spectacular Wuzhen Water Town, leaving the navigation and transportation to someone else. Soak in the Wuzhen Water Town's Charming. Follow your private knowledgeable guide, admire the traditional architecture lining up along the river, flagstone lanes, ancient tiles and stone bridges. Take an authentic home-cooked meal at a riverside restaurant which is great chance to talk with the villagers and experience the real life in the water village.
Attractions(Cities)：Luzhi Water Town
Tour Style：If you've got limited time in Shanghai, but want to have a glimpse into ancient China. Shanghai to Luzhi water town day tour could be great option as your private guide will show you its glorious culture in the course of histoty and its rich and colorful tourist resources, especially the historic cultural reclics. Take a pleasant stroll with your private guide through the town to admire its architectures, ferry boats and ancient ferry crossing, you'll get a strong feeling why it's the one of the first batch of China's national cultural town.
Attractions(Cities)：Xitang Water Town
Tour Style：Xitang Water Town keeps a tranquil ambience and scenic beauty. Tour from Shanghai to Xitang water town help you save your precious sightseeing time in Shanghai and enjoy a comfortable transfer from Shanghai Cruise Port. With your private knowledgeable guide, explore Xitang water town, which is frequently depicted in Chinese landscape painting, experience local lifestyle and visit top highlights. Cruise Port Pickup & Drop-off are included.
Attractions(Cities)：Master of Nets Garden, Pingjiang Road, Suzhou Silk Factory, Tongli Water Town
Tour Style：Journey from the dizzying metropolis of Shanghai to the serene canal ways of Suzhou and Tongli water town on this private fully guided day tour. Travel in a private comfort vehicle. Admire the Mater of Net's Garden, walk around Pingjiang Road to try the most popular snacks, your guide will also give you some good recommendations for souvenirs, visit No.1 Silk factory, learn more about Chinese silk culture and history and head to Tongli water town to experience the tranquil beauty and its unique charm.
Attractions(Cities)：Zhujiajiao Water Town, Qibao Water Town
Tour Style：Our private guide will take you to ancient town in China, including Zhujiajiao and Qibao Towns, to experience the unique Chinese water town, explore the local culture and taste the local delicacies.
Among a great many ancient water towns near Shanghai, travelers usually only choose one or two to visit, mainly based on their crowdedness, sightseeing features, air quality and levels of commercialization. Among local people, Zhujiajiao, Tongli, Zhouzhuang, Wuzhen and Xitang near Shanghai, are the most popular.
March to October is the best time to visit the water towns, for the weather is quite comfortable. Winter is also fine, for there are fewer tourists, the towns are less crowded and you can expect some tranquility. It’s great to escape the big city and see a little of the ancient architecture and local culture.
Normally, the day tour lasts around 7 hours. You will start your tour around 9am in the morning and finish your tour around 4:30pm. The tour is 100% flexible, we can arrange the tour according to your schedule.
There are more than ten famous water towns around Shanghai, each of which has its rich history and culture, but the buildings and waterways are quite similar, visit one water town is enough for you. If you are limited on time, we recommend you visit Zhujiajiao water town, half day tour can be arranged. If you are not tight on time or budget, you can visit Tongli water town, or Wuzhen water town, where you can see the well-preserved old houses, ancient bridges, narrow lanes and much more. Zhouzhuang is known as the No.1 water town nearby Shanghai, frankly speaking, it’s quite commercial.
Yes, we can arrange a private water town tour from Shanghai including private car service, professional English speaking guide service and entrance fees. Above are some popular water towns from Shanghai, you can choose one water town you like. Zhujiajiao water town is closest from Shanghai. If you want to customized your own water town, feel free to email us.
Yes, we provide various half day water town tours as well if you have very limited time in Shanghai. We sent you the Zhujiajiao half day tour details and quotation by email, please check. By the way, more people join the tour, you’ll get a cheaper price.
Yes, we provide Shanghai water town group tours, Suzhou group tour from Shanghai and Suzhou & Tongli Water Town group tour from Shanghai, etc. Please refer to the Shanghai group tour page for details. The pickup and drop-off location will be arranged at the downtown Shanghai. For more information call +86 137-3541-1378 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duration：6 - 8 hours
Attractions(Cities)：Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Nanjing Road, Jade Buddha Temple, Old French Concession
Tour Style：Incredible Shanghai Highlights Day Tour is a fully guided tour for those who have just one day to see the best of Shanghai. Make the most of your time with your knowledgeable Shanghai Private Tour guide, see all top Shanghai attractions. With complete flexibility, follow this itinerary or create your own for a unique Shanghai experience. You'll get an insight into the city's culture, history, local lifestyle and future.
Duration：6 - 8 Hours
Attractions(Cities)：Yuyuan Garden & Bazaar, Jade Buddha Temple, Former French Concession, Boat cruise on the Huangpu River, Pudong New Area（Shanghai Oriental TV Tower, OPTIONAL）
Tour Style：If you only have one day in Shanghai, we highly recommend this one day tour in shanghai. This fully customizable tour particularly designed for first-time travelers to Shanghai touring traditional gardens, bustling shopping streets, historic buildings, and even to the top of a skyscraper with your knowledgeable guide. It will let you get an insight into its people, culture, history and the dynamic urban life.
Attractions(Cities)：The Bund, Boat Cruise on Huangpu River, Yuyuan Bazaar, Xintiandi
Tour Style：A Huangpu River Cruise has become a must activity when travelers visit Shanghai. Book this private city tour visiting the Bund in the night which represents the blending of ancient and modern influences, taking the Huangpu River Cruise to enjoy the stunning light view and the amazing architecture of the city. It's the best way to admire Shanghai's classic skyline view.
Duration：4 - 5 hours
Attractions(Cities)：Pick two or three attractions as you are interested
Tour Style：Want to see the top sights in Shanghai with a professional private tour guide? Then go on this half day Shanghai city tour that puts the power in your hands to decide what attractions you visit. Avoid lengthy itineraries of places that don't interest you. You can customized the tour entirely on your preferences and discuss with your guide for advice. Flexible on the start and finish time.
Attractions(Cities)：Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Historic Street, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory
Tour Style：Book this Shanghai to Suzhou Day Trip riding on a bullet less than 30 minutes, accompanied by your private guide, visit the winding canals, historical buildings, ancient street, classic Chinese gardens and much more on this private customized day tour to Suzhou. We will book the entrance tickets in advance to escape the crowds, let you jump the queue to make your trip comfortable and enjoyable.
Attractions(Cities)：Shanghai private tour guide service,Shanghai Translator Service,Shanghai Interpreter Service,etc.
Tour Style：Shanghai Private Tour has full time private guides with a professional license or tour guiding certificate with expertise in history, shopping, business, nightlife and pretty much anything else you can think of. There aren't only tour guides either - assistants and interpreters too! They will help you learn a lot about the region, get a great price by skipping the middlemen and ensure you have a pleasant experience.
Attractions(Cities)：The hangzhou Westlake(including the boat cruise), Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, Lingyin Temple and Meijiawu Tea Plantation, Anmanfayun Village, The Song Dynasty Imperial Street
Tour Style：Described Hangzhou as "one of the most beautiful cities in the world" by Marco Polo, it is renowned for its historic relics and natural beauty. This private day tour departures from Shanghai to Hangzhou by the high speed train is perfect for sightseeing. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, admire the architecture of Hangzhou Old Street, learn about China's most renowned tea at Meijiawu Tea Village and Buddhism Culture, and cruise on West Lake where the views have inspired poets and artists for centuries.
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