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.


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.


Charm and History in Rustic Zhujiajiao

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.




  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)


  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside the Puxi side. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District (i.e. Pudong), Suzhou, Chongming, cruise ports and Shanghai’s International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions. Customers are advised that during the Lunar Festival celebrations (celebration of Chinese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • There will be ample time for customers to spend time on their own to admire the sites at their own pace or browse along the shops for souvenirs. When additional time needs to be allocated for more time at leisure or shopping, this can be discussed with the guide on spot.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • We recommend wearing light, comfortable cotton clothing and comfortable shoes.


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