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Zhujiajiao of Shanghai - Chinese Water Town

Zhujiajiao, a canal town, features beautiful waterways, arched stone bridges, ancient streets paved with stone, and more than 10,000 houses dating back to Ming and Qing dynasties.

  • With a history of over 1,700 years, this ancient town is known as Shanghai's Venice because of the many canals that run throughout the Town.
  • There are altogether 36 bridges in the town and each has a name and possibly a story, which will speak itself when the tourist sits on the bridge, staring at the mosses growing out of the gaps in the stones or the river on which boats pass by.

Historical & Culture Background

  • Zhujiajiao was developed into a town in the Ming Dynasty and in its prime in the 1930s, there were over 70 rice stores here and its rice was transported to many parts of the country.
  • Daqing Youju, a post office in the Qing Dynasty, was set up in 1862 and is a proof of the past importance of this small town.
  • Like many other water towns, Zhujiajiao has several private gardens which used to be owned by officials or landlords but have now opened to the public. Kezhi Garden on Great North Street is one of the largest private gardens in the vast southern China region.

Tour Features
-What is special there?

  • Explore Chinese Traditional Town 
    While strolling in the picturesque garden of this mansion, visitors can enjoy a presentation of Suzhou Pingtan, a traditional genre of artistic show, with a pair of performers singing in Suzhou dialect and playing ancient Chinese string instruments.
  • Step Back in Time to Experience China 
    The ancient village is an inspiration to modern artists and art students, and professionals can be seen sitting along the canals painting images of this beautiful place. It is a wonderful and leisurely way to spend an afternoon.


Situated on the bank of the Dianshanhu Lake on the western outskirts of Shanghai, about 50 km away from the city center.

- how to get there?

  • By taxi: about 1.5 hour from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
  • By bus: you can either take a bus at the People Square (from 7:00am to 6:30, running every half hour) or get on a bus at Shanghai South Train station to get there.

Visiting time
- How long should I stay there?
When is the best time to visit there?

  • You can spend a whole day to expore this lovely water town.
  • Zhujiajiao water town is a nice place to visit at any season. We recommend you to visit there in autumn, not too hot not too cold and not much rain.

Costs/ Entrance tickets

  • It is free to enter the town but you might still need to pay for the entrance tickets of certain scenic spots.
  • Extra 80 RMB for cruise boat and some scenic spots.

Review & Tips
- What tour experts say about this place?

  • Visitors can take a walk to explore the town what it looks like or board canvas-canopied boats for the canal-side Granny Tea House for a short tea break.
  • Visotors will be deinitely fascinated by this ancient town whole marvelling at the same time at Shanghai modern life. (Quote from Trip Advisor )

Tours with this attraction

  • If you are interested in taking a Shanghai tour with a visit to Zhujiajiao water town; if you need a private tour and an English speaking tour guide to show you around Shanghai; China Odyssey Tours is here and ready to help.
    Welcome to contact usfor a tailor-made China tour including Shanghai.

    Sample Shanghai tour to see the Zhujiajiao: