What You Can Expect
Our guide and transfer car
The night before: Your exact pickup time will be confirmed
Your guide will call you between 7 and 8 pm the night before your tour, to confirm the exact pickup time according to your preference. If you don’t answer, your guide will leave a message at the front desk.
If you don’t receive a call or a message before 8 pm, please call our Shanghai Office on 13910694045. We will sort things out.
- Your car is an air-conditioned 7-seater business car.
- Your guide, fluent in English, knows water town culture very well.
- Your driver, having worked for over 5 years, is highly experienced.
8:30-10:30 Shanghai Hotel Pickup and Transfer to Xitang
You will be picked up at the appointed time at your hotel lobby in Shanghai. Then you will be transferred to Xitang. The drive covers a distance of 90 km and takes about 1.5 hours.
During the drive, your guide will introduce to you the day’s highlights. We provide bottled water and snacks for you in your vehicle.
10:30-10:50 Take a Gondola Ride to Enjoy the View
The town is endowed with 9 rivers converging in a quiet natural environment. Rivers are the essence of the little town. The rivers divide the town into 8 sections, linked by many bridges. Take a gondola to appreciate the town.
10:50-11:20 Visit Yanyu Corridor and Yongning Bridge
Inside the town, there is much well-preserved architectural heritage constructed during the Ming (1368-1644 AD) and Qing (1644-1912 AD) dynasties.
The best-known sight in the town is the Yanyu Corridor, 1,000 meters long. The roofed corridor has many small shops, selling handicrafts, snacks, coffee, and souvenirs. You can watch the boats in the rivers as you walk along the corridor.
Then proceed to Yongning Bridge, which is one of the best points from which to take photos of Xitang.
11:30-12:00 Wood Carving Museum
You will see lots of ancient wood carvings at the museum, including tables, chairs, window-frames and sculptures.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant and your guide will help you order dishes according to your taste.
13:00-13:30 Ni House and Shipi Alley
Ni House was the residence of rich merchants. You will see fine furniture and delicate decorations there.
Xitang is packed with 122 alleys, of which Shipi Alley is the most distinctive, the longest and narrowest.
In ancient times there were many prosperous and well-established families living in Xitang, so many mansions can be seen there. Shipi Alley is paved with 168 flagstones between the Wang family and the Sun family’s mansions. It retains its ancient and unique charm to this day.
You will walk along some different lanes connecting the town. The narrowest is about 31 inches wide.
13:30-15:00 Tile Museum, Button Museum and Root-Carving Museum
Button Museum in Xitang
Tiles were used on the roofs of old houses in China. In the Tile Museum, you can see tiles from different dynasties made in different styles, with different patterns; such as animals, flowers or scenes from stories or myths. The oldest tile in the museum is over 1,000 years old.
In the Button Museum, visitors can not only admire buttons from all over the world, but can also make some buttons!
You will also see various root carvings, for example. Most roots used for carving already have an intriguing shape to begin with. Artists just paint and modify them to make them even more attractive.
15:00-17:00 Transfer Back to Shanghai
You will be transferred back to Shanghai. If you need a transfer to the airport or cruise terminal, please let us know. Please note that you should arrive at the airport 1.5 hours ahead of departure for domestic flights, and 2.5 hours for international flights.