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Explore Ancient Water Towns in the Southeast of China

In a lazy afternoon of summer, come to a ancient water town to enjoy such a quiet life and feel the mildness of water villages, making your life more romantic.  

Zhouzhuang: Ground courtyard with white walls and black tilesZhouzhuang Picture
Houses in Zhouzhuang are built near the water, which include many grand courtyards with white walls and black tiles and small pavilions by water; among, Shen Yard and Zhang Yard are the most magnificent ones which remains their charming for handred years. At the end of Yuan Dynast and beginning of Ming, Jiangnan’s richest businessman Shen Wanshan who has once invested largely to build the one-third of city wall of Nanjing. At present his house Shen Yard is still well preserved there and becomes a famous attraction located in the water and bridges…  

Tongli PictureTongli: Small Venice of the East
The ancient and unsophisticated Tongli Town well known as Small Venice of the East boasts fertile paddy fields and rich resources, as well as feeds many outstanding persons. It features many buildings of Ming and Qing Dynasties, many waters and bridges, and many famous persons. There are 38 gardens and houses of Ming and Qing Dynasties, 47 temples and hundreds of houses of gentries, rich people and famous persons of those dynasties in the town. Originally, the ancient town has more than twenty natural attractions including “the Front Eight Scenes”, “the Back Eight Scenes” and “the Extended Scenes”. At present, there are many attractions including the Retreat & Reflection Garden, Luoxing Zhou, and Pearl Town and so on.   

Xitang: Charming Scenery of Oridinary PeopleXitang Picture
Xitang is an ancient scenic town in Jiashan County, Zhejiang Province, China. Its history dates back to at least the Spring and Autumn Period when it was located at the border of the State of Yue and Wu. It is a water town crisscrossed by nine rivers. The town stretches across eight sections, linked by old-fashioned stone bridges. In the older parts of town, the buildings are set along the banks of the canals, which serve as the main transportation thoroughfares in the area. Xitang also contains numerous antique residences and temples, such as the Temple of the Seven Masters. The town keeps a tranquil ambience and scenic beauty, making it a very popular tourist attraction. It is frequently depicted in Chinese landscape painting.

Wuzhen PictureWuzhen: An Unexpected Beauty
Wuzhen which is a historic scenic town, part of Tongxiang, located in northern Zhejiang Province displays its history through its ancient stone bridges, stone pathways and delicate wood carvings. It boasts many famous attractions such as the former residence of Mao Dun, Fanglu Pavilion, and Bridge within a Bridge and so on.

Transport: If you would like to visit these beautiful Jiangnan Ancient Towns, you can choose a favorable means of transport to get there. Hereby we would like to recommend a route for you: first arrive in Hangzhou, Shanghai or Suzhou by air, and then take a bus to the town you like.