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Six Jiangnan water towns

2014-08-18 17:09:20

( By Wu Hao




The most famous of the water villages, Zhouzhuang is a UNESCO-heritage site and the biggest and most beautiful of the river towns in Jiangnan. It is located near Tai Hu (Lake Tai)'s eastern shore. There are 3km of explorable canals, 2km of cobbled alleys and 14 stone bridges dating as far back at the Yuan Dynasty. Prosperity came to the town during the Ming Dynasty when silk and pottery flourished. Several aristocratic halls and a Buddhist temple make for interesting exploration, while more than 100 protected dwellings can be admired for their external architecture. Unfortunately, the town’s fame means that it’s one of the busiest water towns, and finding peace among the pavilions and passageways is tough.

Entrance fee: 100 yuan Opening hours: 08:00~21:00

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