Zhujiajiao Water Town - The Closest Water Town to Shanghai

Written by Sally Guo Updated Feb. 17, 2022

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.

Visiting Facts for Zhujiajiao

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 the 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.

Zhujiajiao Water Town

Features of 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.

Top Things to Do in Zhujiajiao Water Town

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

1. Have a  Cruise along the Canals

Never miss taking a sightseeing boat in Zhujiajiao water town. Small sightseeing boats can be seen everywhere and will take you around to get a view of the town from the water, exploring its charming bridges and canals. It is the best experience. The price is about 80 yuan per boat for about 10 minutes.

fangsheng bridge
Sightseeing Boats

2. Visit 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. Explore 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. Visit the Stone Fangsheng Bridge

Linking the two sides of the main waterway, Fangsheng Bridge is a medieval bridge used only by pedestrians. Built in 1812, it is said to be the largest stone arch bridge in Shanghai. This bridge is best seen from the sightseeing boat. So you can take a boat to visit it.

How to Get to Zhujiajiao Water Town

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.

Zhujiajiao Water Town

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 Ancient Towns around 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:

Also read: Top water towns close to Shanghai, which one to visit?

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