Zhujiajiao Water Town - The Closest Water Town to Shanghai

The ancient town of Zhujiajiao, the elegant side of Shanghai, is known for delicious snacks, delicate stone bridges, little rivers, old houses, willow trees, and zigzag stone streets.

With a history dating back over a thousand years, it is still the best-preserved town near Shanghai. Walking around in it takes you back in time and you may suddenly feel you are part of some Chinese legend.

The history of Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is over 1,700 years. Today, it is also known as the “Pearl Stream”. Among the four ancient towns within Shanghai, it is Zhujiajiao Ancient Town which is most preserved. Despite the modernizations which were adapted by the town, it has still successfully kept its traditional beauty which is seen with the antique bridges, age-old willow trees, and houses with traditional architecture.

fangsheng bridge
Fangsheng Bridge

Why We Recommend Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town

Although the atmosphere in Zhujiajiao is different from Venice, it is known as the “Venice of the East”, because of all the waterways going through the town. There are 36 old bridges and 9 streets lining the rivers. It is a pearl of southeast China.

Explore the Highlights

The following 4 highlights of Zhujiajiao are highly recommended by China Travel.

1. Taking a Gondola

Never miss taking a gondola in a water town. It is the best experience. Boat time is about 20 minutes.

2. The Qing Dynasty Post Office

Built in 1892, it was the first post office in eastern China. There you will see many curious objects, such as the fish-style envelopes used in ancient times and postcards of old Shanghai. You will get to know about the development of the Chinese postal service.

Qing Dynasty Post Office
Qing Dynasty Post Office

3. Kezhi Garden

This is a garden used for learning and planting; it is tranquil and peaceful. It is situated on North Street and consists of a gallery, an artificial hill, and a park.

There are rock formations you can climb on and caves to walk into and a fish pond where you can feed fish. You will see many decorations and tiny bridges, a lot of vegetation, and carved seats.

4. Fangsheng Bridge

Linking the two sides of the main waterway, it is a medieval bridge used only by pedestrians. It is best seen from the gondola. So you can take a boat to visit it.

Nearby Attractions

Seven Treasures Ancient Water Town

Why is it called Seven Treasures Town?  Find your answer on Qibao Ancient Town.

The town is basically divided into 2 streets - South Street and North Street. There are many delicious snacks sold on South Street. It is an attraction for foodies and people from all over the world.

Seven Treasures Ancient Water Town
Seven Treasures Ancient Water Town

Jinze Ancient Water Town (2 hours)

After visiting Zhujiajiao and Qibao, it is recommended that you also visit Jinze on the day.

How to Get to Zhujiajiao

Bus/Subway: The most affordable method.

Taxi: One-way costs over 200 RMB. But it is hard to find a taxi to take you back to Shanghai. 

With China Travel: This will solve your problems, like not knowing Chinese, finding the bus station, going to the wrong town and waiting. Our English-speaking guide and experienced driver will make your trip easy and fun, and serve your party only.

We pick you up at the place you tell us (hotel, cruise terminal, airport or train station) and guide you in Zhujiajiao, and then transfer you to the place you want to go: 1-Day Private Zhujiajiao Tour.

Best Time to Visit: in the morning of weekdays

The scenery is suitable for a visit all year round. But you will find that there are fewer people in the morning of weekdays. Also, avoid Chinese public holidays like National Day and Labor Day.

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Other Water Towns close to Shanghai

You may get confused with which water town is the best to go to if you are the first time to visit, so we list all the water towns with detailed information for your inspiration:

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