Top 10 Watertowns Near Shanghai

Shanghai is the most famous city in China. It is located in the east of China. As one of the biggest cities of China, Shanghai is a metropolish and international city. It is also one of the best travel destinations in China. Famous attractions in Shanghai are including Yu Garden, the Bund Shanghai, Oriental Pearl Tower and many other tall buildings, such as Shanghai tower. Beside these city around attractions, there are many nice and famous watertowns near Shanghai. Tourist can visit these traditional watertowns from Shanghai by 1-2 hours drving or by train. Wuzhen, Xitang, Tongli are the top 3 watertowns that most tourists will visist. It is also very convienent to travel from Shanghai to Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou by bullet trains.

#One: Tongli Watertown:Tongli is a lovely ancient water town in Suzhou. It takes about 30 minutes to drive from Suzhou and is a 1.5-hour drive from Shanghai. The town is famous for its many stone bridges and ancient architectures, beautiful private gardens and ancient houses. Its latest attraction is the China Sex Culture Museum. This museum had first opened in 1999 in Shanghai but now has found its ideal location on the tree shaded campus of a former school for young women. The museum stands out above all the entities of its kind in China. It has even earned acclaim from the world, with 70 percent of its audience from overseas.

#Two: Zhouzhuang WatertownZhouzhuang lies between Shanghai and Suzhou. It takes about 1.5 hours to drive from Shanghai to Zhouzhuang and 40 minutes to drive from Suzhou. It is considered the most beautiful water town in China. Zhouzhuang has about 1,000 households who are living in the old dwelling quarters built in the Ming and Qing dynasties and the early Republic of China. Among the many old houses, the mansion of Shen Wansan (Shen Ting) is the most famous. It’s private residence of a wealthy merchant family, the huge mansion clearly illustrates the lifestyle of the rich at that time. Zhouzhuang is also famous for its folk art and craftsmanship.

#Three: Xitang WatertownIt takes about 1.5-hour drive from Shanghai. It is world famous for a great number of bridges, lanes and covered corridors. Xitang is a nice place for photographs. The whole old town is like a poem and a picture. It is frequently depicted in Chinese landscape painting. The simple lifestyle and peaceful atmosphere may have died out in those now commercialized towns. For tourists from modern metropolises, Xitang is a place to experience. It gives a feeling of simplicity and leisure. Xitang locations were featured in the final sequences of the motion picture Mission: Impossible III.

#Four: Wuzhen Watertown Wuzhen is a one hour drive from Hangzhou and two hours’ drive from Shanghai. It is embraced by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal with rivers and canals crisscrossing the whole town. Wuzhen has a history of more than 1,000 years. Ancient residential houses, workshops and stores still stand on the banks of the rivers.