Best things to do in Zhujiajiao Water Town, Shanghai

Zhujiajiao Water Town is known as the "Pearl of Jiangnan" inlaid by Dianshan Lake. Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is also known as "The Venice of Shanghai" and "Hollywood in the suburbs of Shanghai".

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Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is located in Qingpu District of Shanghai, with a core area of 3.08 square kilometers. It is the best preserved ancient town in Jiangnan. In 1991, it was listed as one of the four tops ancient towns in Shanghai.

Zhujiajiao Water Village is rich in tourism resources. The ancient town has developed and opened more than 20 scenic spots, such as the Kezhi Garden and the Qing Dynasty Post Office. In 2007, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town was selected for the third batch of famous history and culture towns in China.

The town is crisscrossed with numerous historic sites, nine old streets, hundreds of old buildings, and 36 stone bridges. Numerous bridges are a major feature of the Zhujiajiao Water Town, including multi span and single span bridges, stone and wooden bridges, arched and flat bridges, etc.

Fangsheng Bridge, a popular landmark for tourists in Zhujiajiao

Zhujiajiao Fangsheng Bridge is the most popular landmark building for tourists. With a total length of 70 meters, Fangsheng Bridge is the longest five-hole stone arch bridge in Shanghai and is known as "the first bridge in Shanghai". The structure of the Fangsheng Bridge is exquisite, and the shape is beautiful. Standing on the Fangsheng Bridge, you can enjoy the buildings on both sides and the cruise ships on the river.

Fangsheng Bridge ticket: Free

Siteseeing address: No. 127-129, Xijing Street, Zhujiajiao Water Town

Zhujiajiao Kezhi Garden, the largest garden in the ancient town

Zhujiajiao Kezhi Garden is the largest garden building in the town, commonly known as the "Majia Garden". Kezhi Garden was founded in 1912 and covers an area of 64,000 square meters. The owner of the garden, Ma Wenqing, took 15 years and spent more than 300,000 taels of silver to build it.

Kezhi Garden combines the essence of Jiangnan gardens, and also integrates Chinese architectural art with Western architectural culture. When designing the Kezhi Garden, it drew on the Jiuqu Bridge of the Yu Garden in Shanghai and the Lion Pavilion in the Suzhou Lion Grove Garden, which can be comparable to the ancient Yiyuan in Shanghai.

Address: No. 119, Xijing Street, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

Ticket: from 20 yuan

Opening hours: 8:30-16:30

Chinese Kunqu Opera, The Peony Pavilion in Kezhi Garden

The Peony Pavilion is a famous China Kun Qu Opera that has been celebrated for more than 400 years. Its theme is the love story of Oriental Romanticism. The Peony Pavilion was premiered during the Shanghai World Expo in June 2010. It's refreshing to perform in a real garden.

Address: No. 109-113, Xijing Street, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town (Kezhi Garden)

Performance time: Every Saturday night

Great Qing Imperial Post Office, the only one in East China

The old site of the Qing Dynasty Post Office is one of the business cards of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and the only Great Qing Imperial Post Office preserved in East China. The Zhujiajiao Qing Dynasty Post Office was founded in 1903, covering an area of 156 square meters and a two-story building modeled after the European style.

The first floor of the Zhujiajiao Qing Dynasty Post Office is the layout of the post office in the past, while the second floor exhibition hall is mainly about the development of ancient and modern postal services. Tourists can wear the clothes of a Qing Dynasty postman and experience the feeling of being a Qing Dynasty postman.

Address: No. 35 Xihu Street, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

Tickets: Starting from 5 yuan

Opening Hours: 8:30-16:30

Zhujiajiao City God Temple, a traditional local activity center

Zhujiajiao City God Temple (Chenghuangmiao Temple) is located in Caohe Street, the center of the town, covering an area of 4,700 square meters, and was built in 1763. The City God (Chenghuang) is an important deity in ancient Chinese religious culture and belongs to the local protective deity.

Address: Caohe Street, Zhujiajiao Ancient Town (northwest of Chenghuang Bridge)

Attraction ticket: Starting from 10 yuan

Opening hours: 8:00-16:30

Where should I stay if I go to Zhujiajiao Water Town?

There are various options, such as resorts, hotels, inns, hostels, and bed and breakfasts, in Zhujiajiao Town. Bed and breakfast, the price may be lower, and it has more local characteristics.

If you have free time, you can stay in Zhujiajiao Water Town for one night.

The first timer's guide to eating in Zhujiajiao Water Town

Zhujiajiao food is mainly concentrated on North Street. As the saying goes, "a mile long street, a thousand shops", North Street is a good place for eating and shopping.

Famous local snacks in Zhujiajiao include Braised Pig's Feet, egg yolk meat Zongzi, Zharou, fresh Pork Shumai (shaomai), Qingtuan, and so on. A bite of Qingtuan is an essential thing in spring.

These are the best times to visit Zhujiajiao Water Town

Suitable for all seasons, spring and autumn are the best. Spring is the romantic beginning of Jiangnan gardens, with flowers blooming and being colorful. Entering autumn, the leaves in the gardens begin to gradually change color, which is another kind of scenery.

Zhujiajiao Water Town admission ticket

Admission to the Zhujiajiao Scenic Area is free, but some attractions in the scenic area require a ticket.

How to get to Zhujiajiao Water Town from Shanghai City Center?

By subway: Zhujiajiao Station, Metro line 17.

By car: There is a parking lot in the Zhujiajiao scenic area.

The ultimate travel guide to Zhujiajiao Water Town cruises

Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is a typical Jiangnan water town, there are many wharves in the town. In addition to walking tours, taking a cruise is also a classic tour route of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town.

Zhujiajiao ancient town area has "Water Line 17", Wupeng boat (black awning boat), Zhuxi Yuanbao boat, and three different types of cruises. The line is divided into long distance and short distance.

1. Water Line 17

From 40 yuan per person, limited to 14 people. Get off from Zhujiajiao Station of Metro Line 17 and enter Zhujiajiao directly from the water. Along the way, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Zhujiajiao.

2. Black awning boat

From 200 yuan/boat, limited to 6 people. Route: North Street Pier → Fangsheng Bridge Pier → Kezhi Garden Pier → City God Temple Pier.

3. Zhuxi Yuanbao boat

From 888 yuan per boat, limited to 5 people. Route: Kezhi Garden wharf → Qing Dynasty Post Office wharf. Tea, snacks and a 40-minute tour guide are provided on board.

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