Wuzhen Ancient Water Town
Located in Tongxiang City of Zhejiang Province, Wuzhen Ancient Water Town (乌镇水乡) is between Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou City. It is only one and a half hour driving time from Hangzhou, thus it becomes one of top choices for visitors in Hangzhou who have one or two days for a side trip.
Though there are 6 famous water towns in this area, which are Zhouzhuang, Xitang, Tongli, Luzhi and Nanxun, it is still the most beautiful and best-preserved one that worth visiting. Tourists are many during Chinese holidays and weekends. Just avoid these annoying days and you could enjoy leisure life whatever it is a rainy day or clear day. On a quiet morning indulge yourself in the village like dating with a shy young lady and at night sit at the river bank to feel the town telling old stories by an attractive woman.
The village is also a living water town museum that still has real people living there, adding charming to the town. With a history of over 1,300 years, the ancient town now shows what a typical southern water town looks like between the Late Qing Dynasty (1840—1911) and the Republic of China (1912-1949) with over 30 stone bridges linking streets lining many old buildings.
Different museums and traditional workshops are specialty of the town. The east side (Wuzhen East) provides fun museums like ancient beds, wine-making, indigo fabric, shadow play, woodcarving and local operas. Wuzhen west offers sauce workshop, iron factory, foot-binding culture museum, old post office and so on. Most visitors choose to stay in Wuzhen Scenic part with accommodations. It is convenient to check in at the Visitor Center and take a free ferry boat to their rooms.