Fengjing ancient town is a well-preserved water town with a 1,500-year history, located southwest of Shanghai. There are 29 perpendicular streets and 48 lanes in the town, covering 48,750 square meters.
Recommended Tourist Spots
Popular tourist attractions are the Old Long Corridor, the Site of the East District Fire Station, the Zhao Jinzhi Golden Keys Collection, the Zhihe Bridge, and the China Peasantry Painting Village.
The Old Long Corridor
At a length of 268 meters, the corridor is one of the longest in all the Jiangnan water towns. Stores, restaurants and houses line up on one side of the corridor, while there is a long river on the other side. With an old-style appearance, it shelters people from rain and sunshine.
The Site of the East District Fire Station
The East District Fire Station was founded at the beginning of the Republican period (1912–1949 AD). It’s a western-style building with a red gate, and several old encampments displayed in the hall.
The Zhao Jinzhi Golden Keys Collection
Zhao Jinzhi is a key collector. He has collected over 20,000 keys, 3,000 of which are displayed in the museum. The keys vary in shape, size and material. Visitors can view the oldest key of the world in the museum.
The Zhihe Bridge
As the oldest bridge in town, the Zhihe Bridge is also a temple. At one end of the bridge stands a statue of the child-giving Guanyin, a goddess of Buddhism. Many people have prayed there since it was built during the Song dynasty (1127–1279 AD).
The China Peasantry Painting Village
The China Peasantry Painting Village is a good place for appreciating folk art, such us folk paintings, paper-cuts, embroideries and wooden engravings.
80 yuan per person (50 yuan for Jingfeng Ancient Town, 30 yuan for the China Peasantry Painting Village)
Recommended Tour Time
Half a day, 4 hours
8:00–17:00 from May to September
8:00–16:30 from November to April
How to Get There
From Shanghai, take the metro line 1 to Jinjiang Park Station. After that, walk to the Shanghai Southwest Bus Station and take a bus on the Fengmei Line to Fengjing Pailou. The 1.5-hour journey costs about 16 yuan.
Xunlasi: Made of smoked, marinated toad meat.
Wuyue tofu: Braised bean curd cut into two pieces, with mince added between the pieces.
Tianluoniang: Big snail-shells filled with mince.
Yellow wine: Since the 1930s, Fengjing has become an important place in the production of yellow wine.
Dingti: This is a dish of pigs’ feet with 8 complex cooking procedures. The meat stays fresh; fat but not greasy.
Zhuangyuan jelly: This is a kind of dessert made of sticky rice, with various flavors.
Average Cost of Restaurants in Town
50 yuan per head
1. There are a few hotels in town. It is worth spending a night to appreciate the nightscape.
2. If you don’t want to visit the tourist spots inside, it does not cost anything to go into the town, as long as you do not walk in from the main entrance, but from another entrance.