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Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town Travel Guide


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Zhujiajiao ancient town is a living museum exhibiting the history and culture of Shanghai. Zhujiajiao water town located in middle-south part of Qingpu district, Shanghai, closer to Dingshan Lake Scenic Area and Grand View Garden Scenic Area only has 6 kilometers away from Qingpu town, and 48 kilometers away from the downtown Shanghai. Zhujiajiao town has a rich resource for traveling, and in 1991, it was ranked one of four top most famous towns of history and culture in Shanghai. It traditionally boasts the Venice of Shanghai and Hollywood of Shanghai. Zhujiajiao travel is a hot extension of downtown tour of Shanghai, and many travel experts highly recommend this as an option to have a deeper exploration in Shanghai.

Zhujiajiao(朱家角, literally translated to be "The Settlement of Zhu Family") is an ancient town. Its fame is originated from its great history and culture. There is no doubt that modern Shanghai is closely connected with our life rather than the ancient look of Shanghai. So how was Shanghai in the past? The answer may be given by some regional historians who offer some academic conclusions to you, or inquired via local old people who offer some interesting but partially unreliable historical legends. What is the history of Shanghai, we had better go to Zhujiajiao, in which we can touch the history of Shanghai through its history. Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town well-known throughout the country, with a history of more than 1700 years. Covering an area of 47 square kilometers, the little fan-shaped town glimmers like a bright pearl in the landscape of lakes and mountains. Endowed with another elegant name - 'Pearl Stream' - the little town is the best-preserved among the four ancient towns in Shanghai. Unique old bridges across bubbling streams, small rivers shaded by willow trees, and houses with courtyard attached all transport people who have been living amidst the bustle and hustle of the modern big city to a brand-new world full of antiquity, leisure and tranquility. Villages and fairs first sprung up during the Three Kingdoms period, 1,700 years ago, and during the Wanli Reign of the Ming Dynasty, it developed into this flourishing town, with a sizable population and booming businesses.

Zhujiajiao has rich resources for traveling. Traditionally boasting the Pearl of Jiangnan, it was so valuable that Jiang Zemin(江泽民, the former president of China and the mayor of Shanghai) inscribes seven huge characters for it – “江南古镇朱家角”(Zhujiajiao, An Ancient Town of Jiangnan Region). The perfect destination of activities include Shanghai Water Sports Center (for activities on the water) Shanghai Oriental Land (the extracurricular activities site of young people in Shanghai), Shanghai Sun Island International Club and Shanghai Country Club.

The themed attractions in ancient town are represented by Dingshan Lake, Kezhi Garden, Zhuxi Garden, Zhujiajiao City God Temple, Guanwang Temple (Baoguo Temple) and North Street (Also known as Yixian Street in the town is the best preserved ancient street in this suburb of Shanghai. Only one kilometer long, the whole street is at once primitively simple, yet very elegant. Strolling on this ancient thoroughfare and appreciating the historic buildings, long-established stores, and old bridges as well as the many narrow lanes are another enjoyment).

Zhujiajiao also famous for its bridges, there are several famous bridges like Fangsheng Bridge (it is the longest, largest and tallest stone bridge, with five openings both in Zhujiajiao and in the Shanghai region. This bridge was built in 1571. On the bridge stands a stone tablet named Dragon Gate Stone, which is engraved with 8 coiling dragons encircling a shining pearl. On top of the bridge are 4 lifelike stone lions), Taian Bridge, Pingan Bridge, Fuxing Bridge, Yongfeng Bridge and Lang Bridge (also named Huimin Bridge, is the only wooden bridge and the most featured span in this town. It has wooden bars on the two sides and upturned eaves above, just like a narrow corridor).

The famous stores in Zhujiajiao ancient town include Handalong Sauce and Pickle Shop, Yichengtai Sauce and Picle Shop, Tongtianhe Traditional Medicine Shop and Club Tea House. The historic sites represented by Yuanjin Zen Monastery, Cimen Temple, The Halls of Xi Family, Wang Chang Memorial Hall and Villa of Liu Yazi.

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The entrance gate of Cimen ancient street, a typical and famous old street in Zhujiajiao ancient town of Shanghai. The ancient architectural style is featured of Jiangnan folk building styles
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The deep lane in Zhujiajiao ancient town. On both sides of the lane, there are many traditional stores selling different commodities, their business banners with their store names are fluttering in the air

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