This customizable Zhouzhuang Ancient Water Town tour takes about 8 hours. Just an hour's drive from Shanghai, you will see a totally different idyllic beauty from Shanghai.
The most famous ancient water town, Zhouzhuang, has a history of over 1,000 years. You will feel something of its ancient legacy.
You will visit the famous Twin Bridges (Shuangqiao), favorites of many painters and photographers. Other elegant attractions, such as stone bridges and Kun Opera, also await you there.
What You Can Expect
Our guide and transfer car
The Night Before Your Tour: Confirmation of the Exact Pickup Time
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 the phone, your guide will leave a message at the front desk.
If you don't receive a call or a message at your hotel desk by 8 pm, please call our Shanghai Office on 13910694045. We will aim to resolve any problems immediately.
- Your car is a 7-seater air-conditioned business car.
- Your guide, fluent in English, is informative and knows the water towns very well.
- Your driver is a professional with over 5 years of experience
8:30-10:00 Shanghai Hotel Pick-Up and Transfer to Zhouzhuang
Your guide will wait for you at your hotel lobby at the appointed time, and transfer you to Zhouzhuang. It takes about 80 minutes on the road and during the journey your insightful guide will introduce you to the main plans for the day. Bottled water and snacks will be provided in your vehicle.
10:00-11:30 Zhouzhuang Museum and Milou Tower
Go to Zhouzhuang Museum for a first impression of the town. Then visit Milou Tower, where poets often go to share their ideas.
11:30-12:00 Zhenfeng Street
Wandering around Zhenfeng Street, you will feel the rich cultural atmosphere of the town. Shops, traditional Chinese medicine stores, handicrafts and tea houses decorate the streets.
12:00-13:00 Lunch at a Local Restaurant
Your guide will help you order dishes in a local restaurant.
13:00-14:30 Twin Bridges, Zhang's House and Shen's House
After lunch, you will visit the most famous attraction in Zhouzhuang.
The Twin Bridges, located at the center of Zhouzhuang, refers to Yong'an Bridge and Shide Bridge. These two stone bridges were built in 1573 AD and link together like a key. So they are also called the Key Bridges.
The Twin Bridges have become more renowned owing to the work of Chen Yifei, a famous painter. His painting of the Key Bridges is exhibited in the gallery of Armand Hamer in the US.
Private School in Zhang's House
Zhang's House is near the Twin Bridges. It was built during the Qing dynasty. Covering over 1,800 square meters, it has six courtyards and more than 70 rooms. It also has an ancient private school, with antique desks and seats.
Shen's House was built by the descendant of Shen Wansan, a wealthy merchant in the town during the Qing dynasty.
Almost every visitor to Zhouzhuang goes to Shen's House to get a feel for its history and wealth. You will see fine decorations everywhere, covering an area of about 2,000 square meters.?
14:30-15:00 Nanhu Qiuyue Garden
15:00-15:30 The Former Residence of Shen Wansan
Shen Wansan was one of the richest merchants in the Ming dynasty. You will hear the story of this rich man.
15:00-16:30 Transfer Back to Shanghai
You will be transferred back to Shanghai after the tour. If you need a transfer to the airport or cruise terminal, tell us your departure time in advance, so we can arrange your transfer.
Please note that you should arrive at the airport 1.5 hours ahead of departure time for domestic flights, and 2.5 hours for international flights.