There are many long-distance buses that arrive in Luzhi. These depart from either Shanghai or Suzhou (Luzhi lies near the main expressway, the G2 Jinghu Expy, between Shanghai and Suzhou). There is also a local bus from Tongli Water Town to Luzhi (none from Zhouzhang Water Town). Though departure times are given below, it is best to check locally, or with your travel agent, to get a more precise picture of your options.
Daily – Long-distance buses depart from Shanghai Bus Station (806, Zhongshan Bei Lu) at 7:30 AM.
Weekend and holiday – Long-distance buses depart from Shanghai Yangpu Sports Center (7:30 AM), from Hongkou Football (Soccer) Stadium (8:00 AM) and from Shanghai Sports Stadium (8:30 AM). In addition, there is a single, direct (non-stop) weekend bus, on both Saturdays and Sundays, that departs at 9 AM from the Shanghai Sightseeing Bus Center (the other long-distance buses all serve the local upland between the point of departure and the final destination).
There are several long-distance buses (Bus No. 518) that depart daily from Suzhou Railway Station. Most depart in the time slot 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM (see the caveat above).
There are daily long-distance buses (departures times not given) from Tongli to Luzhi, either for those wishing to overnight at Tongli and then visit Luzhi, or for those wishing to visit both towns in one day. The distance is about 65 kilometers, or about an hour's drive. The last-known price was 12 Yuan.
Besides the famous individuals mentioned above who either were born or lived in Luzhi, or are honored by the residents of Luzhi for historical or cultural reasons (the entire area, as part of the ancient Kingdom of Wu, speaks, as indicated above, the unique language of the province, Wu Chinese), numerous other famous artists and/ or scholars either visited the town or stayed for a period, since a water town was expected to deliver up rare beauty which one did not readily find elsewhere, except in towns that were situated near lakes.
These additional cultural personages included: Ni Zan, a painter from the Yuan Dynasty period; Gao Qi, a mid-14th century poet considered the greatest poet of the Ming Dynasty; Gui Youguang, a mid-16th century Ming Dynasty prose writer who was considered one of the period's best; Wang Shizhen, a poet and writer from the late 16th century Ming Dynasty period; Wen Zhengming, an early 16th century Ming Dynasty painter, calligrapher and scholar; and Dong Qichang, a late 16th century – early 17th century Ming Dynasty painter, calligrapher and art theorist. Some of these famous personages painted or sketched material related to Luzhi, or wrote poems or odes related to the serene beauty of Luzhi Water Town.
Luzhi Water Town is indeed well worth a visit, especially if one is looking for genuine, unspoiled culture in an unhurried setting that exudes ambience. Walking on foot is the best way to observe the town. In fact, it may be the only way to get about in this small, non-touristy water town – there are neither taxis nor rickshaws nor moped rentals (though there are boats that can be hired for a canal ride, as can be seen in Figure 1 above), and the stone-paved streets probably make riding a bicycle a nightmare (one can probably rent taxis to get to the various attractions on the edge of the town, unless they are within walking distance).
Since there are market squares, or plazas, in every corner of the town, and since the canal environs themselves offer ample opportunity to take a sit-down rest – as can be seen in the many images above – a tour of Luzhi is anything but exhausting. Walking is also the best way to take in the many quaint bridges that have earned Luzhi the title of "Venice of the East"; truth be said, there are several villages in China that vie for the title of "Venice of the East", but none of them have near so many bridges as does Luzhi Water Town!
There is quite a lot of historical things to see in Luzhi Water Town, even though, compared to neighboring water towns, Luzhi is small. The most striking feature of the town is its many stone arch bridges, some, as indicated, dating back to the Song Dynast» more
The restaurants and stalls in Luzhi serve local Chinese fare that can also appeal to the Western palate. Besides the usual Chinese (and Jiangsu) dishes, one can find certain specialties specific to Suzhou's water towns, such as trotters (pigs feet). » more
There are many long-distance buses that arrive in Luzhi. These depart from either Shanghai or Suzhou (Luzhi lies near the main expressway, the G2 Jinghu Expy, between Shanghai and Suzhou). There is also a local bus from Tongli Water Town to Luzhi (none from Zhouzhang Water Town). » more
As Luzhi is a small and less developed place, there is no accommodation there. One-day tour for Luzhi Water Town is enough. Tourists can also spend a night in local people' houses. In fact, over-development would spoil the very nature of Luzhi as a preservation-worthy local culture.
As Luzhi is a small and less developed place, tourists can enjoy the tranquility and take a rest for hearts. One-day tour for Luzhi Water Town is enough. In fact, over-development would spoil the very nature of Luzhi as a preservation-worthy local culture.
You won't find international cultural initiatives in the town of Luzhi such as theatre and opera, or even folk song performances, for that matter, but you will find an ancient village here which, like a handful of other villages in China. » more