Zhouzhuang, known as the "most beautiful water country in China", is an ancient town on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and Taihu Lake. Another attractive feature of this quaint little town is its well-preserved architecture. Over 60 percent of the residential homes were built during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.
Tourist Attractions
Zhouzhuang's Twin Bridges comprise an arched bridge, Shide, and a beam bridge, Yongan. Together, Shide and Yongan form one of the town's more popular attractions. They meet at a right angle, and their complementary shapes create the image of an ancient Chinese key, which is why Shide and Yongan are also known to the locals as Key Bridges.
Folk Customs
Its long history, rich cultural tradition and unique natural environment have given Zhouzhuang a distinctive flavor. The local accent, dress and social customs reveal a certain rustic yet simple elegance. A local woman's traditional dress features a flowery towel (or a piece of blue cotton) for a scarf, a right-buttoned jacket, a short pleated apron around her waist, a pair of black pants, and a pair of embroidered shoes on her ...
Useful Information
Entrance fee: 100 yuan Wooden boat: 80 yuan per person Information: The Zhouzhuang Tourism Co., Ltd Tel: 0512-5721 8001 Website: http://www.zhouzhuang.net/  How to get there: 60 km to Suzhou and 65 km to Shanghai. Bus schedule from Shanghai, Suzhou, Kunshan, Qingpu district to Zhouzhuang: From Shanghai: Shanghai Stadium: Bus leaves: 7:00, 9:05, 9:45, 12:10; Returns: 14:30, 16:30
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