Taking a tour to the water town is to enjoy a vacation that one can free self in peace, to escape from the over-noising city. Following will be an introduction of the Top 10 Water Towns in China, each of them enjoys superb natural and cultural environment and forms its own character and unique custom.Coming with us, you'll start your own experience in the peaceful water towns.
No.1: Zhouzhuang Ancient Town in Jiangsu Province
Zhouzhuang, one of the most famous water townships in China, situated in Kunshan City which is only 30 kilometers southeast of Suzhou. It is a enchanting place. This village features crisscrossing water lanes, ancient bridges and buildings built on and over the rivers. In an area of half a square kilometer, 60 percent of the Zhouzhuang's structures were built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is noted for its profound cultural background, the well preserved ancient residential houses, the elegant watery views and the strong local colored traditions and customs. Zhouzhuang has been called the "Venice of the East". As one of the most famous water townships in China,it is noted for its profound cultural background, the well-preserved ancient residential houses, the elegant watery views and the strong local colored traditions and customs.
No.2: Xitang Ancient Town in Zhejiang
Xitang Town is a small ancient scenic town on water that still preserves its original look. It is situated in Jiashan County, Zhejiang Province, China, near to Hangzhou and Shanghai with convenient transportation. It takes just 90 minutes by bus from Shanghai or Hangzhou (or shorter, if you take the train to nearby Jiashan) first. Xitang is famous for it numerous bridges, alleys and sheltered corridors three features. The 1300 meters sheltered corridors in Xitang is a unique site in the town.Inside the town, there are many well-preserved architectural groups constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties, which boast a higher artistry and study value, thus being highlighted by the experts at home and abroad studying antique buildings.
No.3: Wuzheng Ancient Town in Zhejiang
Wuzhen Ancient Town is a famous ancient town which is 80 kilometers from Hangzhou and Suzhou, 140 km from Shanghai.With its thousands of years of history and culture; its honest and beautiful scenery of rivers and lakes; its unique flavor of the cuisines, colorful folk festivals, deep heritage and timeless lifestyle, Wuzhen has become a living fossil of ancient oriental civilization. The water town will show tourists a fascinating historical picture which is an innate beauty.Traditional buildings remain intact today even after hundreds years of weathering. It is a typical ancient water towns in southern Yangtze River, known as the "a land flowing with milk and honey, House of Silk". In 1991, it was named as historical and cultural city of Zhejiang Province. In 1999, the protection and tourism development project of this ancient town started.
No.4: Zhujiajiao Water Town in Shanghai
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is a popular place to attract tourists whichi is found within the suburbs of Shanghai City .Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is called as Water Town because it is surrounded by water is because it sits right in between lakes and mountains. There are the numerous water passageways which run in between homes and infrastructures.The history of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is over 1,700 years. Today, it is also known as the “Pearl Stream”. Among the four ancient towns within Shanghai, it is Zhujiajiao Ancient Town which is most preserved. Despite the modernizations which were adapted by the town, it has still successfully kept its traditional beauty which is seen with the antique bridges, age-old willow trees and houses with traditional architecture.
No.5: Nanxun Water Town in Zhejiang
Nanxun Water Town is situated in the center of the urban agglomeration of China's Yangtze River Delta, southern shore of Taihu Lake. It happens to be the eastern gate of Huzhou City, Zhejiang Province to Shanghai. The town has an area of 141.3 square kilometers, including the ancient township of 2 square kilometers. The total population of it is 137400.
Nanxun, meaning "South of the Xun River", is famous for it silk production. The fortune of Nanxun stemmed mostly from its silk. The production of silk in ancient China was generally cottage industry that was run by the females of the village. Every family in the village tended the silkworms and harvested the silk thread from the silkworm cocoons. The marerial of the silk is made from the silkworm's cocoons.
No.6:Tongli Water Town in Suzhou,Jiangsu Province
Originally named Futu (meaning a rich land), Tongli Acient Town is an age-old but very well preserved water town with over 1,000 years history. Located on the eastern shore of Taihu Lake, just 18 kilometers from Suzhou City, Tongli Town is 63 square kilometers in area and has a population of over 33 thousand. True to its reputation, Tongli is a really wonderful travel destination where you can spend a marvelous holiday or experience traditional Chinese culture. Follow this introduction and you will have a general idea of this captivating water-town. Walking through the alleys of this venerable water town, one cannot fail to appreciate its pristine and intoxicating atmosphere. In 1981 Tongli was declared one of the thirteen national standard tour towns of the Taihu Lake region. In addition, in 1982 it was listed for protection as the standard provincial town of cultural interest in Jiangsu Province.
No.7: Mudu Water Town in Jiangsu
The name 'Mudu' is derived from a story about Xishi, one of the Top Four Beauties in Chinese history. It is said in the Spring and Autumn Period (773BC-476BC), Fuchai, the king of Wu State, obliged workers to build Guanwa Palace (Palace Housing Beautiful Women) in order to please the Beauty Xishi. Then, considerable wood was carried here so that the river in this area was blocked. This was called 'Ji Mu Se Du' (which means the accumulated wood blocks the river). So, the town was named 'Mu Du'. Early in the Three Kingdom Period (220-280), it had been a crucial town in China both economically and militarily. During the following Song (960-1279), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) periods, it still held an important position in Chinese culture and commerce. In the past thousands of years, Mudu has produced many outstanding scholars and wealthy businessmen. Some of their former residences have now become popular sights.
No.8: Lvzhi Water Town in Suzhou of Jiangzhu Province
Luzhi Ancient Town is situated in Kunshan city about 18 kilometers east of Suzhou City. Luzhi is an old but extremely beautiful water town. With a history of more than 2,500 years, it compares favorably to Zhouzhuang Water Town. Covering about 247 acres (100 hectares), it has been awarded the great name of 'the No. 1 water town in China'.The natural beauty of the town is indescribable. Old stone bridges, limpid water, venerable maidenhair trees and old-style dwellings, as well as the traditional women's costumes, create an ideal 'civilized, rich, pastoral and harmonious' environment. Many travellers from all over the world enjoy the peace and tranquillity. In addition, the town is noted for several historical and cultural relics, such as Baosheng temple, the Wansheng Rice Company and the White Lotus Flower Temple built in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1279)
No.9: Guangfu Water Town in Suzhou of Jaingsu
Guangfu Ancient Town is located about 17 miles (about 28 kilometers) west of Suzhou's urban area, on a peninsula of the beautiful Taihu Lake, and at the foot of Mt. Dengwei. With a history of more than 2,500 years, the town boasts historical and cultural relics, including the Bronze Kwan-yin Temple, Situ Temple, Sheng’en Temple, Shilou Nunnery, and “Sea of Fragrant Snow” (Xiangxuehai), etc. In addition, Guangfu is famous for traditional Chinese crafts such as silk and olive-stone carvings. Guangfu is one of the origins of Suzhou silk, distinguished by beautiful patterns, careful embroidery, lively stitches, and elegant colors. Another more popular craft of Guangfu is the olive-stone carving. Guangfu olive-stone carving is delicate, fine, and lifelike. It is mainly created out of ideas in four aspects: pursuit of good luck and fortune, fairy tales, folk stories, and natural sceneries and classical gardens.
No.10: Jingze Water Town in Shanghai
Locates in Qingpu District, Shanghai, Jinze Water Town is a unique water town with a history of over 1,300 years. It renowned for its crisscross waterways, but mostly for its bridges, not on the number but for time-honored bridges with different shapes and varied usage, thus it is entitled the “No.1 Bridge Town” of the southern Yangtze area.
Jinze Water Town is also a famous Buddhist site that owns the grandest Yihao Temple of the area. So differ with other water towns, it is a town with a little more dignity. The best way to experience Jinze is to attend some worship activities and special festival ceremonies.
Famous attractions inside the town: Yihao Temple, Tianhuang Pavilion, Puji Bridge, Yingxiang Bridge, Puqing Bridge