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Suzhou Water Towns

Last updated by meimeili at 2014/3/11; Destinations: Suzhou

Backing on the Yangtze River to the north and facing the Taihu Lake to the west, Suzhou has a long history of more than 2,500 years, which is famous throughout the world for its classical gardens, towering pagodas, small bridges over the flowing streams and delicate water towns. Suzhou water towns are highlighted by Zhouzhuang Water Town, Tongli Water Town, Mudu Water Town, Luzhi Water Town and Zhouzhuang Ancient Water Town.

Zhouzhuang Ancient Water Town

With 38 kilometers (24 miles) from Suzhou, Zhouzhuang Ancient Water Town was built in the Northern Song Dynasty (960 -1127), which still preserves its original appearance featuring primitive simplicity and elegance.
Zhouzhuang Ancient Water Town is dotted with small rivers and streams, over which a number of elegant bridges of the Ming (1368- 1644) and the Qing (1616 -1911) Dynasties are built, highlighted by Fu An Bridge and the Double Arch Bridge (Shang Bridge). Fu An Bridge was built in the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368), at each of whose corner stands a pavilion featuring dark grey roof tiles. The Double Bridge was built in the Wanli Period of the Ming Dynasty (1368- 1644), which is composed of two linking arch-bridges.

The civilian residences are lined on the riverbanks in the town, whose white walls and dark grey roof tiles match one another in tranquil elegance, and most of them are of the Ming (1368- 1644) and the Qing (1616 -1911) styles.

Location: 38 kilometers (24 miles) south of Suzhou City
Transport: a sightseeing bus from Suzhou Bus Station will take you there
Opening time: from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Tongli Ancient Water Town

Tongli Ancinet Water Town is northeast of Wujiang with 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Suzhou and 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Shanghai, which is a time-honored typical water town along the lower reaches of the Yangtze River.
Tongli Ancinet Water Town is scattered among Tongli Lake, Yeze Lake, Nanxing Lake, Pangshan Lake and Jiuli Lake, which is separated into 7 small isles by 15 rivers, and the isles are linked by 49 ancient bridges, highlighted by Taiping Bridge, Jili Bridge and Changqing Bridge. The 160 -meter (175 -feet) long Mingqing Street is paved with flagstone, along which the stores were built in the Ming (1368- 1644) and the Qing (1616 -1911) Dynasties, and visitors can purchase the local specialties and taste local snacks on the street.


In addition to ancient bridges and architectures, Tongli Ancient Town also highlights the Tuisi Garden built in the Emperor Guangxu’s reign of the Qing Dynasty (1616 -1911), which was was listed as a World Cultural Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its unique architectural design in 2001.

Location: Wujiang, Suzhou of Jiangsu Province
Transport: a sightseeing bus from Suzhou Bus Station will take you there
Opening time: from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Mudu Ancient Water Town

With a history of 2,500 years old, Mudu Ancient Town is where the architectural culture, gardening culture, religious culture and folk culture combine perfectly as one, and it is dotted with many places of interest, highlighted by Taiping Mountain, the Lion Mountain and Lingyan Temple.

Mudu Ancient Water Town is home to more than 20 private gardens, which are represented by the Yan’s Garden, the Residence of the No. 2 Scholar in the Imperial Examination, Hongyin Mountain House and the Old Pine Garden. There are many anceint streets in Mudu Ancient Water Town, highlighted by Shantang Street, Xiatang Street, Xiasha Street and Zhongshi Street, where visitors can purchase the local specialties and souvenirs.

Location: Zhongshan West Road, Wuzhong District, Suzhou
Transport: bus 312, 315, 43, 511, 58, 63, 65, 662, 02, 505, 5 and (游) 4
Opening time: from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Luzhi Ancient Water Town

Known as the first water town of China, the 2,500-year old Luzhi Ancient Water Town is nestled southeast of Suzhou with Yangcheng Lake to the north, Dianshan Lake to the south, Jinji Lake to the west, which is famous for its water system, bridges, lanes and celebrities.

Luzhi Ancient Water Town is also known as an ancient bridge museum in China, where over 40 bridge of the Ming (1368- 1644) and the Qing (1616 -1911) dynasties are available. The Memorial Hall of Ye Shengtao, Wansheng Rice Store, Memorial Hall of Wang Tao, Xiao Fangfang Film Art Hall are the main human heritages in the town. In addition, there are 58 old lanes in the town, of which the longest is about 150 meters (164 yards).

Location: Xiaoshi Road, Wuzhong District, Suzhou
Transport: a sightseeing bus from Suzhou Bus Station will take you there
Opening time: from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Guangfu Ancient Water Town

With 28 kilometers west of Suzhou, Guangfu Ancient Water Town is a famous historical and cultural town in China, and it’s nestled by Taihu Lake and at the foot of Dengwei Mountain, which has been a famous place for appreciating plum blossoms since 2,000 years ago.

Guangfu Ancient Town is dotted with places of intrest, including Bronze Kwan-yin Temple, Situ Temple, Sheng’en Temple, Shilou Nunnery

In addition, Guangfu walnut carving is inscribed on intangible cultural heritage list by Chinese cultural relics bureau, which is an ideal choice for visitors.

Location: Wuzhong, Suzhou of Jiangsu Province
Transport: bus 43, 63, 64, 651, 652 and 65
Opening time: from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

 

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