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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".

The water town around Shanghai, such as the Zhujiajiao Water Town, Zhouzhuang Water Town, Tongli 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...

Water Town Tours

Duration:4-5 hours

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.

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From $78 p/p

Duration:6-8 hours

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.

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From $95 p/p

Duration:6-8 hours

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.

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From $95 p/p

Duration:6-8 hours

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.

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From $108 p/p

Duration:8 Hours

Attractions(Cities):Nanxun Water Town

Tour Style: If you're looking 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.

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From $108 p/p

Duration:8 hours

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.

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From $114 p/p

Duration:6-7 Hours

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.

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From $93 p/p

Duration:8 hours

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.

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From $78 p/p

Duration:8-9 hours

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.

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From $125 p/p

Duration:6 - 8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Zhujiajiao Water Town, Qibao Water Town

Tour Style:Travel to Shanghai's outskirts to stay away from hustle and bustle of city life, and explore the two famous ancient towns: Qibao and Zhujiajiao, which are featuring winding waterways and traditional houses near Shanghai. Enjoy this wonderful private transfer tour with your local personal tour guide. You will also try out a local flavor lunch and ride on a boat during this tour.

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From $105 p/p

Most Asked Questions about Water Town Around Shanghai

1. What are the famous water towns near Shanghai?

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.

2. When is the best time to visit Water Towns in China?

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.

3. How long is the water town tour?

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.

4. I would like to see the town with the old buildings and waterways, not a city tour. Do you do this and if so, can you recommend which is the best and most scenic one to see?

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.

5. Is there any chance you could connect us with a local Shanghai guide and driver for a partial day tour to any of the water villages nearby? We are open for your suggestio

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.

6. I saw your website offering private tours. I'm not sure if you offer half day tour or not. Would you please quote the price for half day private Zhujiajiao water town tour?

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.

7. Do you provide water town Group tours from Shanghai?

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 shanghai@tripstoshanghai.com.

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