Charm and History in Rustic Zhujiajiao
Charm and History
in Rustic Zhujiajiao
Regions within bigger Shanghai bear the resemblance of what life used to be under the ruling
of the emperors. Zhujiajiao’s waterways, brick houses and charming town atmosphere
are clear examples that one does not have to travel far to see rustic China.
WHY THIS TOUR?
A stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai, one will find one of the oldest and best-protected water villages in China. Considering being a mere 25 kilometres away from the central business district of this metropole, many are still very much surprised about this hidden secret that is more than 400 years old and makes part of Shanghai’s city borders.
We’re talking about Zhujiajiao: almost-painting-like scenery awaits, depicting meandering canals, small rivers and all created around the large Dian Shan Lake. This suburb of greater Shanghai covers approximate 47 square kilometres with stories, legends and tales that date back 1700 years. Within a full-day, the area known as ‘Pearl Stream’ will brighten up your day from beginning until the very end.
18:00 - 20:30
This 7-hour journey from and to Shanghai partially follows the Yangtze River and into the Qingpu District, bringing over 1700 years of historical value to the region. Affectionally called ‘The Venice of Shanghai’, Zhujiajiao is the mecca for people who enjoy lovely waterways, cobblestoned streets, numerous bridges, constructed like arches over the canals and more than 10,000 (!) buildings dating back to the Qing and Ming Dynasty. Walking on the almost labyrinth-style stone pathway and the winding long lanes, customers often refer to this feeling as ‘walking in an elegant and fresh painting in China’. Small rivers shaded by trees, bridges over small rivers, houses dated back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties, unsophisticated local people, all of these are the charm of the small town. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.
Spending a couple of hours may look like a long time but once you get immersed into the local rhythm, time will fly. It is very easy to get lost and blend in with the local community who have been living amidst the hectic of the modern big city to a brand-new world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquillity. It is one of these smaller places within easy reach of Shanghai that will increase your appreciation of ancient Chinese culture and preservation of architectural treasures of old. But it is time to call it a day at the end of the day.
We end our full-day exploration of this charming town by heading back to your booked accommodation in the hustle and bustle of modern Shanghai.