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Where is the first ancient water town in China? How to go to Zhouzhuang Ancient Town?

Do you know where China's first water town is? It is located in the center of Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou, 52 kilometers away from Suzhou. After more than 900 years of vicissitudes, Zhouzhuang still completely preserves the architectural style of the original water town. More than 60% of the residential buildings in the town are still built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. There are many ancient bridges in Zhouzhuang, of which the most famous is "Shuangqiao". Zhouzhuang also preserves 14 ancient bridges with their own characteristics, which together form a beautiful landscape painting of "small bridge, flowing water and family" Listen to a Kunqu opera here, and taste the tea.

Scenic area type: ancient town

The best season: all seasons are suitable, but it's better not to go on holidays. The flow of people on holidays will affect the tranquility and beauty of ancient water town. If you sleep in Zhouzhuang at night, you must not miss the dusk and early morning of Zhouzhuang, the small bridge and flowing water. At that time, Zhouzhuang presents a more primitive and real beauty. A bowl of tea, listening to a Kunqu Opera is more comfortable.

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Admission: 100.00 yuan, night tour Zhouzhuang: 80.00 yuan

The tickets of Zhouzhuang include Zhangting hall, shenting hall, Quanfu temple, ancient stage, Yifei house, Nanhu Qiuyue garden, labyrinth, Shen Wansan's former residence, ye Chulun's former residence, Shen Wansan's water tomb, cultural street, Chengxu Daoyuan, Bijiang fishing and singing Fishery Museum, Tianfu Museum and Zhouzhuang Museum.

2. For those staying in Zhouzhuang, please go to the photo booth next to the ticket office to take photos free of charge. The ticket validity will be extended for 3 days.

3. The night tour ticket is only allowed to enter the park after 16:00 on the day of ticket collection, including Zhang hall and Shen hall only.

Opening hours: 08:00 ~ 21:00

Arrival and departure: Zhouzhuang is small in size and has no airport of its own. At the same time, when you arrive at Zhouzhuang, you will usually take the train or bus to Shanghai, Suzhou, Kunshan and Nanjing, and then transfer to the tourist special line or shuttle bus, which is very convenient. You can also choose self driving when you arrive at Zhouzhuang. Zhouzhuang internal traffic is relatively convenient, there are cruise ships can take.

Zhouzhuang is surrounded by water, and the river channel is shaped like a well. The residents build houses along the river, build streets along the mountains, and cross 14 ancient bridges on the river. There are also the honest and honest folk customs of the ancient town, which constitute a beautiful picture of the water town like a small bridge, flowing water and other people. What are the main scenic spots in Zhouzhuang? Are these attractions worth visiting?

Main attractions

(1) Architecture of Ming and Qing Dynasties: Shen hall and Zhang Hall

(2) Water town attractions: Cultural Street, Zhouzhuang Ancient eight sceneries, pailou tower shadow, South Lake

(3) Guqiao Water Lane: Shuangqiao, Taiping Bridge, Fuhong bridge, zhenbanqiao, Fu'an Bridge

(4) Folk Collections: yixitang Museum, Tianfu Museum and tianxiaode folk collection hall

(5) New attractions: former residence of Shen Wansan, dachengtang, wine workshop and Jianlou

Shen Hall

The former name of Jingye hall was changed to Songmao hall in the late Qing Dynasty. It was built by Shen Benren, a descendant of Shen Wansan, in the seventh year of Qianlong reign of Qing Dynasty. Located in Nanshi street, south of the east end of Fu'an bridge in Zhouzhuang, there are more than 100 houses with seven entrances and five gatehouses. Shen hall is a representative scenic spot of Zhouzhuang. The building is rich in the style of big families and the environment is antique. Songmao hall is the main attraction. Buy Zhouzhuang tickets can come here for free. There are a lot of people here on holidays. It's best to avoid rush hours.

Taiping Bridge

It is located in the east of Hougang, Zhouzhuang Ancient Town, connecting chenghuangdai and Bianjiang street. It was built in the Jiajing period of the Ming Dynasty and has a history of 500 years. The bridge is engraved with a lotus design. It was renovated in the early Qing Dynasty. There are vines growing in the cracks of the bridge, covering the stone arches and holes. Beside the bridge is Shen Tilan's old house. Here, the gray walls, sloping roofs, scattered dwellings and clear water are one of the best scenes that people choose. Although it has been commercialized, the appearance of the ancient town is still there, and you can still feel the flavor of a small town in the south of the Yangtze River.

Former residence of Shen Wansan

Located in the happy world of Zhouzhuang, it was built according to Shen Wansan's legendary experience. Here, various techniques are used to restore the life scene of this rich man in the south of the Yangtze River, so that people can understand him personally. The old house is very large and antique. Listen to the guide's explanation and understand the history. It's worth visiting here.

Quanfu lecture Temple

It was first built in the first year of the song, yuan and you dynasties. The temple, built on the lake, is one of the eight ancient sceneries of Zhouzhuang. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in a catastrophe and rebuilt in recent years. This place is far and wide, and connects with the South Lake. In addition, there are few tourists, so it's quite quiet. Occasionally there are tourists knocking the bell. It's really Zen like.

South Lake Autumn Moon Garden

Located in the south of Zhouzhuang Town, commonly known as nanbaidang, this lake with nearly 1000 mu of water surface brings abundant water for Zhouzhuang. The lakeside is a natural reservoir and fish farm, as well as a rare scenic spot. Nanhu garden is divided into four scenic spots: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Among them, Quanfu temple is the center of winter scenery, which is known as "Buddha kingdom in water".