Xitang Ancient Town, Zhejiang (西塘古镇)
Xitang Ancient Town in Zhejiang [Photo by j_yuan/bbs.fengniao]
Xitang Ancient Town, north of Zhejiang Province, is about 90 kilometers away from Shanghai and 110 kilometers from Hangzhou. Known as one of the six most popular ancient towns in Southeast China, the town features gentle weather, floating rills, ancient bridges and tranquil and slow-paced lifestyle. With a history of over 1,500 years, it currently has more than 10,000 local residents who go through their everyday routines just as their ancestors did thousands years ago. The town is at its best when nights fall and as mornings arrive. At those moments, strolling along the quiet ancient streets or rowing a boat down the waterway will make your heart calm down.
Admission: 100 yuan
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Directions: Take travel bus from Jiashan.