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1-Day Nanxun Water Town Trip from Shanghai

Take a day (about 8 hours) to visit Nanxun. With a history of over 750 years, Nanxun is a soulful water town. It is the richest town in modern Chinese history. Its most special feature is that its architecture mixes Chinese and western styles.

There will be more people in the water towns during weekends and China’s public holidays than during week days. If you don’t have time during the week days, Nanxun is your best water town choice.

It is a big water town, so if you meet a big tour at an attraction, your guide will take you to see other attractions and avoid the crowds. When they leave, you can return to your planned route.


  • Admire the water town, mixing Chinese and western styles, which is special from other water towns
  • See the traditional residences of a cross-section of the local community
  • Take a boat ride along the canal
  • Get to know Nanxun’s culture and history
  • This town is less commercialized and touristy than other water-towns
  • A driver with over 5 years of experience and an English-speaking guide with excellent knowledge of water towns only serve you on your tour day

What You Can Expect

Our guide and transfer car

The night before your tour date: The exact pickup time will be confirmed

Your guide will call you between 7:00 and 8:00 PM the night before your tour to confirm the exact pickup time based on your request. If you don’t answer your phone, your guide will leave you a message at the front desk.

If you don’t receive a call after 8 pm or a message, please call our Shanghai Office on 13910694045. We will solve your problem.

  • 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 experienced.

8:30-11:00 Transfer from Shanghai to Nanxun Water Town

Your guide will wait for you at your hotel lobby at the appointed time. Your private party will then be transferred directly to Nanxun. It takes about 2 hours on the road. Our guide will introduce you to the highlights of the trip and to Nanxun. You can ask any questions about the tour.

11:00-12:30 Get to know the culture and history of Nanxun and take a boat

There are about 10 small attractions, some of them being little museums, in the town. We will take you to see the highlights, which will not include the museums.

In the morning, you will visit the Little Lotus Garden, the Spanish-style Former Residence (Red Houses) of the Lius, and the Former Residence of Zhang Shiming. You will have a chance to go through the different Chinese and western style buildings.

When you enter Nanxun Water Town, the first attraction you will visit is the Little Lotus Garden, which is best visited in late July, as there are a lot of lotus flowers at that time.

In a water-town, visitors should always take a boat along the canal to appreciate the beauty of it. You will get to do this too. You will take the boat from the garden for about 20 minutes.

Fine carving on the wall of the Former Residence of Zhang Shiming

Then, you will visit the Former Residence of Zhang Shiming. When seeing the fine carving everywhere, you can imagine how rich his family was. This mansion mixes traditional Nanxun, and European Renaissance style architecture.

Next, you will visit the Former Residence of the Lius, which was the residence of Liu Ti, the leader of the "Four Elephants” (i.e. the wealthiest people) in Nanxun. It is called "the red house" by local people because of two western-style buildings with red bricks. It was built in 1908, and mixed late Qing style with western style architecture.

12:40-13:30 Lunch in a local restaurant

You can ask to try some water town food and wine. After lunch, you will visit other attractions to get a better understanding of Nanxun.

One-Hundred Residential Houses

13:30-15:00 Visit One-Hundred Residential Houses

After lunch, you will take an electric power cart for about 15 minutes, and arrive at the One-Hundred Residential Houses.

For photographers, there are many photo opportunities along both sides of the river. This is the most famous attraction in Nanxun, featured in advertisements throughout the world.

The houses were built by a wealthy local official for his female servants. They have enjoyed a history of over 400 years, and many locals still live there. Although they have been repaired, they have never been completely rebuilt.

You will walk along some bridges here. Usually local retired people chat on these bridges, so when you are on a bridge, why not have a rest and take some photos?

15:10-18:00 Transfer from Nanxun Water Town to your hotel in Shanghai

After the tour, you will be transferred back to Shanghai. There may be traffic jams, so it may take 3 hours or more to get to your hotel.

We’ll be more than happy to help you if you need transportation to the airport, cruise terminal or train station. Please note that you should arrive at the airport 1.5 hours ahead of your departure time for domestic flights, and 2.5 hours for international flights.

Good to Know

  • This is a private no-shopping tour. Your guide and driver only serve you on your tour day.
  • You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of payment.
  • An extra fee will be applied if you need to be transferred to or from the airport, cruise terminal or train station.
  • An extra fee will also be applied if your hotel is outside the middle ring road in Shanghai.

Price Per Person in US Dollars

1 Person 2 - 3 Person 4 - 5 Person 6 - 15 Person
$ 241 $ 146 $ 115 $ 83

* Price per Person in US Dollars 1 Person $ 123 The price may change during some festivals including Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Labor Day (1st May), Mid- Autumn Day and National Day (1st-7th October).

* The price is subject to change based on exchange rate.

* An extra fee may be applied if there is a pickup or drop-off earlier than 09:00 or later than 19:00.

Price Inclusion

  • Private English-speaking guide service fee
  • Private transfer service with air-conditioned vehichle
  • All entrance tickets and meals listed above
  • Service charge and tax
  • China life tourist accident/casualty insurance
  • Luggage transfers


Price Exclusion

  • Airfare/train tickets/hotel/China visa
  • Any meals not listed above
  • Tips to the tour guide and driver
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, shopping and attractions that are not listed in the itinerary
  • Excess baggage charges and travel insurance
  • Extra fee may be applied if there is a pickup or drop-off earlier 09:00 or later than 19:00


Tour Code: SHALC-98

Tour Type: One Day Trips  (Private Tour)

from US $146 p/p

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