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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...

Water Town Tours

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

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
Zhouzhuang Water Town Day Tour From Shanghai

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Zhouzhuang Water Town: Twin Bridges, Old Drama Stage, Zhang House and Shen House, etc

Tour Style:Zhouzhuang is one of the most famous water townships in China. This private guided tour 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
Tongli Water Town Day Tour from Shanghai

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Tongli Water Town: Residential House, Retreat and Reflection Garden (Tuisi Garden), etc.

Tour Style:Enjoy a flexible itinerary with your knowledgeable guide on this 8-hour full day tour. 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
One Day Xitang Water Town Tour From Shanghai

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Xitang Water Town

Tour Style:Put language and transport worries aside on this private guided 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
Shanghai to Nanxun Water Town Day Tour

Duration:8 Hours

Attractions(Cities):Nanxun Water Town

Tour Style: If you're longing for the magic of ancient China, take a trip back in time on this private flexible 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
Incredible Shanghai to Wuzhen Water Town Day Tour

Duration:8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Wuzhen Ancient Water Town

Tour Style:Wuzhen Water Town is one of the six famous ancient towns in south of Yangtze River, has the history of more than 1,200 years, was named as a candidate for UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List. Explore Wuzhen water town's charm by visiting the traditional architecture lining up along the river, flagstone lanes, ancient tiles and stone bridges with your guide. Take an authentic home-cooked meal at a riverside restaurant which is great chance to talk with the villagers and learn more about the real life in the village.

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From $114 p/p
Shanghai to Luzhi Water Town Day Tour

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. Luzhi Water Town can be a great option as it has gestated a glorious culture in the course of histoty, boasting very rich and colorful tourist resources, especially the historic cultural reclics. Take a pleasant stroll 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
Suzhou Day Tour with Extension to Tongli Town From Shanghai

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 on this private fully guided 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
Zhujiajiao and Qibao Water Town Sightseeing Tour From Shanghai

Duration:6-8 hours

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.

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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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