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Zhouzhuang Water Town Tour from Shanghai 8 Hours, Shanghai (SHALC-6)

Zhouzhuang Water Town Tour from Shanghai

Zhouzhuang Water Town Tour from Shanghai


  • Visit a water town which is now a candidate to become a UNESCO world heritage site
  • Ponder the lifestyle and incredible wealth of a successful ancient merchant
  • Enjoy a local Kun Opera performed on an ancient stage
  • Take a sculling boat ride and admire Zhouzhuang from a different perspective

Tour Description


Transfer from Your Hotel to Zhouzhuang

Zhouzhuang is the most popular water town, due to its rich culture and unrivaled water town views. Your culture-savvy tour guide will give you a brief introduction to Zhouzhuang during the drive from Shanghai to the town.


Zhouzhuang Museum and Mi Pavilion

Let's start today's tour with Zhouzhuang Museum, the best place for forming first impressions of the town. When it was built in 1912, the building now housing the museum was the private residence of a rich man, whose family name was Zhu.

The decorations and furniture in the museum reflect Zhu's ideology and background. He abandoned his residence during wartime, but fortunately it did not suffer total destruction. Now, besides the interior decoration and furniture, some precious photos, paintings, and old agricultural tools are also part of the museum collection.

The Mi Pavilion was the favorite place for local poets and writers to share their views of literature and life. You may yourself want to compose a poem on seeing the postcard-worthy water town view from the pavilion.


Zhenfeng Cultural Street

You can soak up the atmosphere of Zhouzhuang during the 1920s by walking past the tea houses, craft shops, iron shops, traditional Chinese medicine stores, and weavers’ houses on Zhenfeng Street.



After a short walk on Zhenfeng Street, you may feel a bit hungry. Your tour guide will help you find a local restaurant where you can try out the most authentic local food.


The Twin Bridges and Twin Houses

The Shide and Yongan Bridges are connected by a short stone path, so local people call them the Twin Bridges. They look like two ancient keys and local people believe they are the keys to success, praying for success as they walk by.

The Twin Houses belonged to Zhang and Shen, who were two rich merchants whose luxury lives in the past are now reflected by the decorations and antiques in their two homes.


Nanhu Qiuyue Garden

Whenever you visit this garden, you can enjoy views of spring, summer, autumn and winter. The Buddhist temple in the winter section offers you a good vantage point over a lake covering an area of 0.66 square kilometers. You can also learn some Buddhist culture in the temple.


Former Residence of Shen Wansan

Shen Wansan (1330–1376 AD) was the richest merchant in China during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644 AD). It is said his fortune at the time would have been equivalent to 2,000 billion US dollars nowadays.

The statues and paintings in Shen's former residence tell you the story of his personal life and business. He donated enormous sums of money to government in order to build the Great Wall, which has become the most renowned tourist attraction in China today.

You will take a boat along the canal via which Shen Wansan entered and left Zhouzhuang, as far as the exit of the Zhouzhuang Water Town area.

After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Shanghai.

Important Info

  • Operates: daily
  • Departure point: Hotels in  Shanghai
  • Return details: returns to the original departure point
  • Languages: English|German |French|Spanish|Russian|Italian (The price is based on an English-speaking guide. Extra fees apply if you need a guide with another language)
  • The price of this tour will rise during the China National Day holiday (September 30th to October 7th) and Chinese New Year holiday.

Price Per Person in US Dollars

What’s included?

  • Necessary transfers during the tour
  • A local private English-speaking guide
  • A private air-conditioned car or van, according to the size of your group number, with a local driver
  • Admission tickets to all listed attractions/activities/shows
  • Local meals listed in the itinerary

Good to Know

  • This is a private tour. The local private English-speaking guide and the private car will serve your group only.
  • You will receive a confirmation letter within 24 hours of making your payment.
  • Your guide will contact you in the evening (Your guide will call you at around 18:00. If you missed your guide’s phone call, he or she will send you a short message) before your tour and confirm the exact pick-up time according to your preference.
  • Your guide will pick you up in your hotel lobby on the tour date at the appointed time.
  • The meal (if included) is in a Chinese restaurant and your guide will help you order the dishes according to your taste.
  • There is absolutely no forced shopping.
  • An extra fee applies if you need to be picked up or dropped off from/to airports or cruise terminals.

from US $ 163 p/p

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